Alaskans seeing a return to more typical winter weather
Hurricane force winds, heavy snow and dangerous wind-chills are all in the forecast; winter must be making a comeback across Alaska!
After above-average temperatures for more than a week, temperatures are now quickly dropping across the state.
If you've been getting away with not needing your gloves or hat over the past week, make sure you have them now.
In Southcentral and Southeast, temperatures will fall to the teens and single digits Friday and Saturday, but in Southeast high winds will make it feel even colder.
In Juneau, the wind is already gusting over 60 mph and gusts to 75 mph are likely Friday and Saturday. Not only are these winds potentially damaging and difficult for air travel, it'll also cause dangerous wind chill values to around 20 below. A high wind warning is in effect for downtown Juneau and Douglas through Saturday at 9 p.m.
Dangerous wind chills of 40 below are also likely across the Interior in addition to blowing snow from wind gusts to 40 mph.
While Southcentral, the Interior, Slope and Southeast all see mostly clear conditions Friday, the Aleutians and western side of the state should be prepared for increasing clouds, strong winds and moderate to heavy snow.
A winter storm watch is in effect for the Chukchi Sea Coast, Baldwin Peninsula, Selawik Valley, St. Lawrence Island, Bering Strait Coast, Southern Seward Peninsula Coast and Lower Yukon Valley Friday and Saturday.
The same storm that is delivering snow to western Alaska will also bring snow to Southcentral, but not until late Sunday into Monday.