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Get ready, Anchorage residents — the snow is coming. Or is it?

The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement Monday morning, warning Southcentral Alaska to prepare for the possibility of the season’s first snowfall. The NWS expects wet, cold conditions to hit Southcentral beginning early Tuesday afternoon.

“A strong cold front moving into southcentral Alaska Tuesday will likely bring in the season’s first accumulating snowfall to most of the region,” the statement said.

In a phone call Monday afternoon, however, NWS meteorologist Dave Snider said current forecasts have the wet, cold conditions arriving at different times, meaning much of Anchorage will likely not see any significant snowfall.

“The cold air will probably come in after the wettest air has moved through,” Snider explained. “That probably means we’re going to see snow in the mountains, and if we do see snow close to Anchorage, the best opportunity for that would be in the Hillside.”

If the wet conditions and lower temperatures meet up at the right time, Hillside residents could see up to 4 inches of accumulation, while the rest of Anchorage can expect to see an inch of snow.

If snow does fall in Anchorage, Snider says it would likely not affect Tuesday evening’s commute.

Despite cold temperatures, widespread icing is not expected due to warm road surface temperatures. However, motorists should use caution when traveling Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the NWS has posted no advisories related to this event. Please check back for updates as conditions change.