What was a mostly clear and warm afternoon quickly turned stormy as thunderstorms developed across the Talkeetna and Kenai Mountains Wednesday afternoon. 

Lightning and heavy rain was reported near Houston, Big Lake, and Willow before these storms pushed south, heading over the Knik arm just before 7 p.m. Anchorage and Eagle River will likely see rain before the night is over, in addition to potential lightning and small hail.

We're also seeing similar conditions tonight along the Kenai Mountains, including near Cooper Landing and Moose Pass. Remember, when the thunder roars, go indoors and if you come across a flooded roadway, turn around, don't drown. A car can float in as little as 6 inches of water. 

These storms will blow through overnight and it'll be back to mostly sunny, dry and warm weather Thursday. High temperatures will easily climb into the upper 60s and low 70s across Anchorage and the Mat-Su. We will, however, see another chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening both Thursday and Friday. 

This weekend is shaping up to be very pleasant with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s. 

-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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