A strong storm over Southwest Alaska will bring heavy rain, powerful wind, and a whole lotta warmth to Southcentral Wednesday. 

Starting early Wednesday morning rain spread across Southcentral. Heavy along the coast and higher elevations, light in Anchorage. That trend is expected to continue through Thursday. Coastal areas will measure rain in inches by the time it comes to an end, here in Anchorage on and off light showers will offer about a 1/4 inch total. 

The biggest impact of the storm in Anchorage will be the wind. Above 2,000 feet in elevation wind gusts will approach 80 miles per hour in the morning. In town, gusts will likely top out around 30 miles per hour before easing into the afternoon. Turnagain arm and Portage Valley will experience gusts to near 75 miles per hour through the morning. 

The strong wind and push of moisture from the south will help temperatures climb to highs we haven't seen in recent memory. Near 50 degrees this afternoon with downsloping taking place in the Anchorage bowl. 

The storm lingers through the end of the workweek, thankfully with a whole lot less wind. The rain and warmer temperatures will last through Thursday before tapering off Friday. 

Daytime highs will stay in the 40s, with overnight lows dipping into the upper-30s. 

Considering our high temperatures are supposed to be in the 30s this time of year and overnight lows in the 20s— that is some serious warmth thanks to this storm. 

Hold on to your hats!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo