Rain kicks off a week of weather ups and downs
Wet and mild is a perfect way to describe Monday morning. Temperatures stayed well above normal across Southcentral as showers enveloped the region. The end of October is typically the time we start to see high temperatures in the 30s, overnight lows in the 20s. We stay well above that this week.
A wave of energy off the Kenai Peninsula helped put moisture in the forecast to start the week. Wind out of the south kept it warm enough that much of what fell remained rain Monday morning. Cold spots in the Valley and Eagle River caused freezing rain and a slick commute for some to start the day. While the air remained warm enough that rain fell, cold temperatures near the ground caused some of the rain to freeze upon contact.
Morning rain will slowly taper off throughout the day. We will hang on to a few scattered showers during the day, but temperatures will climb to the low-40s — making it warm enough that morning freezing rain concerns will diminish.
Between two storms, temperatures will fall to near freezing Monday night. So expect a little cooler start to Tuesday.
Despite the lack of any nearby storm, there is enough activity in southern Alaska that we will hang on to clouds throughout the day on Tuesday. Temperatures will once again climb back up above normal. Much of Southcentral will see temperatures top out in the low-40s.
A powerful storm is set to move in on Wednesday. That will spread rain across much of Southern Alaska. The storm moves in along the Alaska Peninsula, then into the northern Gulf. The track of the storm means the wind will come off the warm water to our south, that's what keeps it as rain for much of the region. Snow stays in higher elevations Wednesday and linger into Thursday.
It's an active week of weather — stay with the KTVA weather team for the most up-to-date forecast!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo