Thar She Blows!
Time to secure loose object...and small children.
An area of low pressure off the west coast will strengthen to 940 mb today. If that sentence doesn't come across as ominous as I intented it to, allow me to put things in perspective. 940 mb. is equivalent to a category 4 hurricane. You can all now collectively gasp at the original sentence.
This storm will really get cooking later today and bring blizzard conditions to western parts of the state. An associated front will drive moisture-laden clouds into south central late tonight. Very strong winds aloft in the upper level jet will be transported down to the surface over Turnagain Arm and higher elevations through the early part of Thursday. A high wind watch is in effect beginning early tomorrow, and wind gusts could approach 90 mph at times.
I think the city of Anchorage will be spared significant snowfall with this storm due to slightly downsloping winds, but I wouldn't rule the snow out completely just yet. Expect scattered flakes or even raindrops through the day tomorrow...and in fact there may even be a touch of snow late tonight as well. Any accumulation in the city should be light. Brett will have more on the storm later tonight.
The sun should be out for a good chunk of the day until the clouds roll in later tonight, so enjoy!