Warmer temperatures combined with precipitation might make for a messy few days for motorists in Southcentral Alaska.


Roadways are cold due to the below normal temperatures we’ve seen over the last few weeks. With precipitation moving into the area and temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, roadways will become very slick.


The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Thursday, warning drivers to use caution.


With the potential for more snow on Sunday and Monday, roads may stay slick into the start of next week.


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The first round of winter weather will arrive in the Anchorage area by Thursday evening, bringing scattered snow showers at first, followed by a steady light snow overnight.


Anchorage may see 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation by early Friday. On the Kenai Peninsula coast, temperatures will warm to near freezing Thursday evening, which may cause rain to mix with the snow overnight.


The next round of precipitation moves into Southcentral late Friday night, and will continue into Saturday. Temperatures throughout Anchorage, the Mat-Su, and the Kenai Peninsula are expected to warm up to or above freezing by Friday afternoon, which may cause rain to mix with snow at times.


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