A slick start to the day, but warmer temperatures are on the way
A push of moisture late Tuesday offered just enough rain to wet sidewalks and roads around Southcentral. As temperatures fell below freezing early Wednesday morning, that water froze in some areas. Side roads and sidewalks on the east side of Anchorage, Hillside, and Eagle River took the brunt of it.
All that ice won't last long! Temperatures will soar back into the low-40s by the afternoon. All that warmth comes with clouds and the chance of rain. Most of the moisture stays a little closer to the coast, but a few scattered showers will make it over the mountains throughout the day. The best chance for rain arrives after sunset.
The push of moisture and thick cloud cover will keep things mild overnight— temperatures will stay well above freezing in the Anchorage bowl Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The chance of showers sticks with us through the end of the workweek. That will keep temperatures exceptionally mild. Mid-40s each day and above-freezing each night.
Even as temperatures cool this weekend along with clearing skies, we will remain about 10 degrees above normal in terms of temperatures. As great as it is to get out and enjoy some of this late-season warmth, it means the chance of snow stays out of the forecast.
We have not yet seen a daily average temperature below freezing in Anchorage this season. While that might seem like an odd thing to monitor, it's a big deal. We've now set the record for the latest first sub-freezing day in Anchorage. The old record was November 5th in 2013, and the forecast shows that record not just being broken, but shattered with the warm days to come.
Where is winter?
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo