Rain, snow, wind, and sun— this forecast has it all
Snow is already piling up along the Parks Highway, and in the coming days will start heading south— eyes on Southcentral. It's been snowing for days now in parts of the interior. Anywhere between an inch and a foot has accumulated from this storm, the higher totals staying a little higher in elevation.
Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings remain in place as snow continues to fall. The advisory along the Parks Highway from Talkeetna to Denali is for an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow by the time the advisory expires at noon on Thursday.
Snow has already piled up along the parks highway. Between Talkeetna and Cantwell the snow covered roads and slowed traffic Wednesday. But it's not just the Parks, the Richardson Highway and Glenn also have wintry driving conditions in higher elevations and northern areas.
The precipitation remained rain from Talkeetna south. While Anchorage was spared from the heaviest rain, Talkeetna, the Kenai Peninsula, and Prince William Sound received quite a bit.
The stream of moisture responsible for all of the rain and even snow is moving east. That means showers will taper off throughout the day. Temperatures stay mild Thursday, in the upper-40s for what might be the last time in the near future in Anchorage.
Overnight Thursday into early Friday morning is our best chance at getting a little snow to mix in with the rain in town. We won't see any accumulation in Anchorage, but higher elevations such as Upper Hillside might wake up to a dusting of fresh snow.
Parts of the valley have the potential to get some snow overnight as well. It all depends on the moisture. the cold air is in place and the atmosphere is primed. Downsloping might be the only thing keeping Palmer, Wasilla, and Eagle River from waking up to a fresh coat of snow.
It's a different story for Southeast. heavy rain and strong wind will spread across the region late Thursday. Not until well after sunset will the wind and rain pick up. Southeast winds at 20-40 miles per hour will spread from north to south. At times, wind gusts will approach 60 miles per hour. For this, high wind warnings are in effect for coastal areas of Southeast and Juneau.
Southcentral will start to dry out Friday. A shift in the weather pattern will bring about cooler, dryer conditions. Temperatures top out in the mid to low-40s as sun peeks out from behind the clouds.
The weekend is looking sunny and cool. A perfect chance to bundle up and get all of that last-minute yard work taken care of before the snow actually flies!
Remember, our normal first accumulating snowfall of the year happens in less than a week!
Time to change those tires and rake those leaves.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo