Summer-like for Southcentral, more fall-like up north
It was another 70-degree day for Anchorage Friday and there's more heat on the way. Meanwhile, up north, the Interior, Slope and West Coast are dealing with storm after storm bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the area.
Nome picked up more than 2" of rain Friday and there's more where that is coming from. There is a coastal flood warning in effect for the west coast upstream along the Yulon River and near Kotlik. A storm surge of 4 to 6 feet above the high tide is likely. There is also a high surf advisory in effect near Deering as high surf is expected to develop and could cause beach erosion and minor flooding.
This weekend's storms will also bring high winds to much of the west coast and north slope. Wind gusts of 45 mph are likely along the Bering Sea Coast and gusts to 40 mph are likely for the slope.
Further south high pressure will keep most of Southcentral and Southeast storm-free. This means mostly sunny skies Saturday with high temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s. We will, however, see breezy winds on the Kenai with gusts to 20 mph. We'll also see chances for showers near Talkeetna and could see some light drizzle further south into the Wasilla/Palmer areas and near Anchorage early Sunday.
High pressure will stand firm heading into next week as well, which means another week of 70-degree temperatures are likely!
Have a great weekend!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey