Southeast under winter storm warning as snow starts to fall
Cold air in place as a monster storm closes in on Southeast means Alaska's capital could receive more than a foot of snow.
It started in northern areas early in the day as the storm dropped into the region. The snow will continue to fall through Wednesday in many areas. Gulf influence will keep the precipitation mixed in places along the coast, like Sitka, but farther inland snowfall totals will range between eight and 14 inches.
The winter weather advisory is for locations that will see less of an impact from this storm. Snowfall totals will run between three and five inches in these areas. Snow will mix with rain and sleet, making it a wet, heavy mess for coastal regions.
Areas under the winter storm warning should expect to receive between five and 14 inches of snow by the time it comes to an end late Wednesday. While much of the area shaded in pink will receive between five and eight inches of snow, a few local areas are expected to get more. The Juneau bureau and Admiralty Island will be the bull's eye for snow, with eight to 14 inches of snow in the forecast.
This will be enough snow to cause major disruptions to travel in those areas. Tuesday's evening commute and Wednesday's morning commute will face the largest impacts.
Temperatures will remain below freezing in the coming days, meaning the snow that falls across Southeast is here to stay.
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