Storm bringing heavy snow, high winds to much of Alaska
A storm system is spreading east across Alaska. The most severe impacts are along the west coast and into the Interior, but parts of Southcentral will also see significant snowfall from this storm.
Western Alaska saw high winds, heavy snow and a wintry mix Thursday morning. Wind gusts as high as 84 mph have already been recorded in Cape Newenham, 72 mph in Wales and 52 mph in Nome. The snow started falling around 10 p.m. near Nome and continues into Thursday afternoon. As temperatures warm Thursday, snow will likely mix with rain near Nome and to the southwest coast. This storm will continue to deliver wind and precipitation to the west coast through the afternoon.
A blizzard warning is in effect for St. Lawrence Island and the Bering Strait coast until 3 p.m. for 6-12 inches of snow and winds of 60-70 mph near the Bering Strait. The same warning is in place until midnight for the Chukchi Sea coast.
A coastal flood warning is in effect from 3 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday for a storm surge of 4 to 8 feet.
Fairbanks saw light snow showers Wednesday and Thursday morning. The Fairbanks airport recorded 1.4 inches of snow Wednesday, but much heavier snow fall will arrive later Thursday afternoon. A winter storm warning is in effect for most of the Interior Thursday afternoon through early Saturday morning. The middle Tanana Valley can expect 8-15 inches of snow with wind gusts of 30-50 mph. Near Healy and Denali National Park, 6-11 inches are likely.
This storm will arrive in Southcentral late Thursday afternoon and early evening. The heaviest snowfall will happen after 7 p.m. near Anchorage, as well as the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys.
The Matanuska Valley is under a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday for 6-10 inches of snow. Higher elevations are likely to see 10-16 inches.
The Susitna Valley, including Palmer and Wasilla, is under a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday for 6-10 inches of snow.
The Anchorage area is under a winter weather advisory form 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday for 2-5 inches of snow in west Anchorage and 5-8 inches in east Anchorage, Girdwood and Eagle River.
The Kenai Peninsula will see lesser snowfall; 1-2 inches are likely, some of which will be mixed with rain near Homer.
The Eastern Prince William Sound will likely see 5-8 inches of new snow overnight into Friday morning.
Snow showers will taper off early Friday morning across Southcentral, leaving Friday afternoon and Saturday dry and mostly clear.
A light snow and rain mix will continue across the Southeast Thursday from a separate storm, but the storm currently moving across Alaska will bring another round of mixed precipitation Friday. During the day, 0.5-1 inch of rain is likely Friday near Juneau, mixing with snow Friday night.
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