Sunny skies and cold mornings grip Southcentral
There's no better way to start the weekend than with some sunny skies. Not only is that exactly what we're seeing here in Southcentral, but it's giving us spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains. Afternoon highs soared into the mid and upper 40s making the start the weekend fairly manageable. While the gorgeous weather will persist through the weekend and the first part of next week, it will do so with some chilly starts to the day.
High pressure that has anchored itself across the western coastline will play a huge role in our weather over the coming days. The flow around the high pressure will continue to keep colder air advecting into the region, which means each morning will likely be colder than the previous for the next few days. With winds light and the skies clear, temperatures will plummet after sunset. It's likely that many of us will see the coldest weather we've seen in quite some time starting tonight, as temperatures drop into the 20s. Per usual, the coldest parts of Southcentral will be the valley and eastern parts of Anchorage. These areas will likely fall into the low to mid 20s.
Because of the recent wet weather we've seen, some areas could see some isolated slick spots the next few mornings. The more likely areas will be HIllside, parts of the Glenn Highway east of Glacier View, and less traveled roadways that typically see ponding of water. Weather remains fairly quiet the next week, as any storm systems remain well to our south. We will see some increasing cloud coverage starting Monday, but any moisture should remain well out of the Anchorage Bowl.
Our next system doesn't look to impact us until next weekend, so enjoy the quietest stretch of weather we've seen in several weeks. As far as temperatures, afternoon highs will be in the 40s and overnight lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison