The National Weather Service says Anchorage residents should expect between 5 and 9 inches of wet snow through Wednesday morning.

The NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Periods of snow will continue through this evening before becoming steadier and increasing in intensity by late evening,” the alert stated. “The most intense snowfall in expected to occur from roughly midnight tonight through 9 am Wednesday morning. Snow will diminish in intensity by late morning, however light snow may continue to fall through Wednesday afternoon.”

Temperatures are forecasted to be around 30 degrees, meaning travel in Anchorage will be difficult.

“Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving,” the NWS wrote.

According to KTVA meteorologist Carlos Faura, the type of snow may be hazardous to shovel for some.

“It will be a heavier snow with a high water content,” he explained, noting that shoveling may cause overexertion and even a medical emergency for some Alaskans.

Thursday may bring isolated snow showers as temperatures warm to the mid 30s, leading to an even warmer Friday and weekend with a projected 40 degrees.

Most of the snow accumulation will be melted by the warmer temperatures and the rainfall at the end of the week that will also melt and wash away some of the snowpack around the Anchorage Bowl,” Faura said.

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