One more day of sun before clouds return this weekend
A wandering ridge of high pressure will continue to keep Southcentral dry and warm for at least one more day. This hovering high is responsible for the warmth and sun in recent days and before it breaks down, Southcentral will get one more day of sunshine.
Friday will stay sunny and warm. Light wind and ample sunshine will help temperatures climb to the mid-60s in the afternoon. Considering the normal high temperature this time of year is 59 degrees, that is well above normal.
A change in the weather pattern will bring about more cloud cover and even the chance of rain this weekend.
A storm west of Alaska will play a role in the changing weather. A front associated with the storm out to the west will spread across southern Alaska. The front itself wouldn't bring us more than clouds in Anchorage. Recent warmth and dry days combined with downsloping from mountains around us would keep the moisture from reaching Anchorage itself.
But this front is different. A weak wave of energy along the front will enhance our chances of moisture late Saturday into Sunday. Forecast models are calling for upwards of a half-inch of rain! That likely won't happen. A tenth of that is more likely. The reason— mountains, recent dry days, and warmth. The same reasons we would miss out on the moisture if the extra energy wasn't embedded within the front moving through.
What this means for you.
Clouds will start to build back into the region before the sun comes up Saturday morning. We will see those increase throughout the day and that will keep temperatures a little cooler. Temperatures across the bowl will struggle to get into the 60s Saturday afternoon, but we should remain dry.
The enhanced energy along the cold front moving through will bring us some much-needed rain early Sunday. Models are calling for the most significant rain since this spring. That will not be the case. Light drizzle will be about all we get, but we'll take every bit we can.
We are still in desperate need of moisture. Recent rain didn't improve drought conditions, but it did help things from worsening.
No matter what the forecast calls for, stay with the KTVA weather team so you can be ready for the weather.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo