Wet conditions to end the week with cooler air arriving this weekend
Have you seen it yet? Every September the mountain peaks around Southcentral slowly transform from greens and browns to white as the first termination dust falls, revealing the fact that winter is just around the corner.
After just coming off from the warmest and driest summer on record, it's hard to believe that we could go from wildfires to talking about snow in the same month, but that is the reality of Alaska.
Freezing levels are currently well over 5,000', but as cooler air moves in behind our current, those freezing levels will likely drop to between 2,000 and 3,000 feet Saturday. This means the higher elevations of the Talkeetna Mountains, including some of Hatcher Pass, along with the Chugach Mountains, will likely see snow by Saturday afternoon. We'll also likely see snow falling across the Alaska Range and north into the eastern Interior.
Before we see snow, we'll see plenty of rain. Steady rain started falling again in Anchorage just after 8 p.m. and will likely continue for the next 36 hours, through Saturday morning. Another third to half of an inch of rain is likely for Anchorage with even more for the Mat-Su. The hardest-hit area will be Prince William Sound where another 2-3 inches of rain is likely between Thursday night and Saturday morning.
This storm will move east Saturday and drier weather is likely for most of Southcentral Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Although drier, it will also be much cooler. Temperatures will fall Saturday night to the upper 30s with highs struggling to get out of the low 50s through the end of next week.
I hope you're enjoying this transition to fall and soon to be winter!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey