Dry today but wet, windy weather is in the forecast
Temperatures continue to trend well above normal. Daytime highs are running about 5 degrees above normal, overnight lows have been as warm as 10 degrees above normal in recent days. Above normal temperatures mean an incoming storm will offer another round of rain for much of Southcentral, the snow stays in the higher elevations this go-round.
The storm holds off through the day on Tuesday in Anchorage. But that won't stop the clouds. Mostly cloudy skies will accompany temperatures climbing into the low-40s. We will see a peek of sunshine, but not enough to don the sunglasses.
Overnight, the wind will pick up across Southcentral as our next storm closes in. Wind gusts will near 70 miles per hour in Turnagain arm and higher elevations, even approach 30 miles per hour in some low-lying areas. Clouds, moisture, and wind will work together to keep temperatures in the upper-30s overnight.
Rain will develop early Wednesday. Coastal areas will be hardest hit by the storm, places like Seward could receive up to 2 inches of rain by the time it comes to an end. Anchorage and portions of the Mat-Su Valley will be downwind of the nearby mountains, shielding them from the worst of the rain. Downsloping or the rain shadow of the mountains will keep the rain lighter and more scattered in nature.
The storm sticks around Southcentral through the end of the week, keeping rain and high-elevation snow in the forecast. Wind will die down through the second half of the week.
Temperatures will continue to stay on the mild side. Above-normal bot during the day and overnight keeps much of what falls in Anchorage as rain. As cold air moves in on the back side of the storm, there is a possibility of a little snow mixing in Anchorage.
Saturday looks to bring a break in the action before our next storm arrives.
If you are liking these warm days, the good news is that they stay in the forecast. The bad news is that the warmer days and nights mean there is no significant chance in the forecast just yet.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo