The Weather Coaster Continues
Who's enjoying the ride?
Two more days on this wild ride and then the weather will calm down a bit throughout much of Alaska. Cordova and Valdez continue to get pummeled with snow. As of January 8th Cordova had picked up 184’’ of snow or 15.3 feet. The average snowfall for Cordova by Jan. 8th is 57.6’’ of snow. As for Cordova’s seasonal average they average 98.9’’ of snow for an entire winter and the all time record for snowfall in a season is 221.5’’. So they are well on their way to setting a new record for the season. Valdez is also on pace to set a new snowfall record. As of Jan. 10th at 3 PM they had seen 297.0’’ of snow or more than 24 feet of snow. They average 321.1’’ for an entire winter and the all time record is 560.7.
So what does the rest of the week hold in store for Cordova, Valdez, and the rest of south central? We have another low that will move into the region on Wednesday. Most of the region will see snow. However in Cordova temperatures will be in the high 30s and you will see primarily rain. Possibly up to an inch. The snow in place will act like a sponge and weigh down even more on those buildings and boats that have not been shoveled off yet. So it could still get worse before it gets better. By Thursday that rain will change back over to snow and the whole system will move out of the region by Friday. High pressure will dominate the weather pattern for almost the entire state this weekend and on into much of next week. So we will finally get the much needed break from all of this snow.
7 Day Forecast For Anchorage
Overnight the winds will continue to diminish on the Hillside and along the Turnagain Arm. Skies will be cloudy with lows in the upper teens to lower 20s. Wednesday skies will be cloudy with snow developing late in the day. We could see 1 to 3 inches of snow by midnight. Highs will be near 30. Thursday snow will continue much of the day with another 3 to 6 inches possible. Highs will be in the low to mid 20s. Friday skies will clear and we’ll see highs near 10. Saturday through Tuesday will be dry and cooler with highs ranging from 5 to 15 above zero.