Mild start for October will be short-lived
It was a toasty start to October, at least by Anchorage standards, Tuesday. The low-temperature Tuesday morning held at 47°, which is about 10° above normal and the high climbed all the way to 54°, which is 5° above normal for this time of year and the warmest we've been in a week.
October is known for having a sharp temperature drop from the beginning of the month to the end as we go from nearly 50° to just barely above freezing during the afternoon and from the upper 30s to the low 20s overnight. Normally we get a full month to adjust to the cool down, but not this year, colder air is already on the way.
A storm in the Gulf of Alaska brought the warm air, scattered showers, and breezy winds to the area over the last 48 hours, but that storm is now slowly moving south. That means we'll see drier conditions by Wednesday mid-morning and we'll stay storm-free through at least Friday morning. You can expect partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 50s with lows in the upper 30s Wednesday and Thursday.
The temperatures will also hold steady Friday, but as a storm approaches from the northwest, we'll see increasing clouds and chances for showers, which will linger into Saturday. Behind that storm is when the temperatures begin to drop. Highs will fall to the 40s and lows to the 30s to kick off the weekend, then we'll likely drop another five degrees by early next week.
Get the warm coats, hats, and gloves ready!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey