Warm, wet weather may bring slippery conditions to Southcentral Alaska this week
Last Updated: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.
A warm, wet and windy week is in store for Southcentral Alaska, as an abundance of moisture from the North Pacific is expected to continue streaming into the area.
High temperatures this week will rise well above average, with most areas reaching the upper 30s to lower 40s. This will cause snow cover to begin melting. Normal high temperatures for late December commonly range from the lower to mid 20s. Low temperatures will drop a few degrees overnight into Tuesday, with many areas expected to hover around the freezing mark.
A series of weather fronts will move through Southcentral this week bringing chances of rain, snow and a wintry mix to the region all the way into the weekend. The melting of snow, combined with already wet conditions and temperatures near the freezing mark at night, could make for a slick commute each morning.
High winds are also a concern for this week, especially along Turnagain Arm, the Anchorage hillside, and the Prince William Sound. A high wind warning was in effect for these areas until noon Monday.
Wind gusts as high as 72 mph have been reported at the Portage Glacier Center. Also, a wind gust of 78 mph was reported at the top of Alyeska.
The winds will subside by Monday evening. However, a second strong wind event is expected in these same areas Tuesday night into Wednesday, as the next storm approaches
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