Wet and windy with a wintry mix for Southcentral, Interior and Southeast
One storm, many warnings. A storm system brought in a combination of cooler air from the north and moisture from the south to create the perfect set-up for heavy snow on the Parks and Richardson Highways with high winds and heavy rain further south.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the northern Susitna Valley, north of Talkeetna where an additional 4-8" of snow is likely late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
There is no denying winter has arrived at Milepost 156 on the Parks, about halfway between Talkeetna and Cantwell. KTVA Reporter Heather Hintze drove through the area on Wednesday afternoon. She reported large snowflakes and snow piling up on the roads. Traffic was slowed to between 20 and 30 mph at times.
We also saw snow-covered roadways through Thompson Pass, where more snow is also likely Thursday.
Further south, it was all rain that fell Wednesday. Talkeetna picked up 0.79" of rain as of 7 p.m. with more on the way overnight. Seward also picked up nearly eight-tenths of an inch Wednesday.
For Anchorage, it was not only wet but windy. Winds gusts between 30 and 50 mph most of Wednesday with the highest winds in the higher elevations of the Chugach Mountains and along the Turnagain Arm.
This storm will slowly make it's way south and east Thursday. As it does, showers will continue for Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin, but it will likely begin to dry out for the western sides of the Kenai Peninsula by mid-morning.
If you have plans to travel through the Copper River Basin, northern Susitna Valley or eastern Interior Thursday, but prepared for winter driving conditions.
Temperatures will stay warm initially with lows near 40° Thursday morning and highs in the mid to upper 40s near Anchorage, but colder air will filter in late Thursday. Temperatures will fall to the low 30s early Friday. Any lingering showers late Thursday into Friday will likely fall as a snow/rain mix for the lower elevations of Southcentral, especially near Anchorage and into the Mat-Su.
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey