Warm, windy, and rainy for Southcentral
It may be the start of a new workweek, but the trend remains the same for Southcentral. That being warm, wet, and windy conditions, which has been the case for the past few days. The heaviest rain today will be centered over the Prince William Sound, where pockets of up to 2 inches is possible. This comes as plenty of moisture continues to be pulled in from the tropics. Not only are we seeing the wet conditions, but the strong southerly flow is pulling in near record warmth for a large portion of the state. Accompanying this warmth is strong winds, which are gusting at or above hurricane force. A few locations across the Anchorage Bowl and Turngain Arm are seeing wind gusts approaching 80 mph. This more than verifies the High Wind Warning that remains in effect through noon for Anchorage.
The good news is that winds are expected to die down through the day with rain showers coming to an end. It's possible that as this system slowly weakens and exits Southcentral that we could see a few peaks of sunshine by late afternoon and early evening. It's only brief though, as another round of rain is expected to build into the region through Tuesday morning. While this system won't be as strong, we'll still see some breezy conditions through the day and some light rain showers.
If you're looking for the colder weather, unfortunately you'll have to wait a while. Temperatures look to remain in the mid to upper 40s through at least Wednesday before another system arrives. This system while still warm looks to finally pull some colder air back into the region by the weekend. It's here where temperatures looks to return back into the upper 30s and lower 40s, which is still unseasonably warm for this time of the year.
This warm stretch will help close out October as the third warmest on record.
Have a great start to your Monday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison