Warm weather holds as showers stay in the forecast
Wet roads started the day across much of Southcentral Thursday morning. The difference between Wednesday and Thursday comes down to the temperatures. temperatures remain above freezing early in the morning. A balmy 40 degrees at Ted Stevens at 6 am.
Temperatures will remain mild all day long. Even though they won't climb much above that 40-degree mark from 6 am, they will still be far above normal. With a forecast high of 42 degrees, that is some 12 degrees above normal. All of that warmth comes thanks to a push of moisture from the south. It's a weak wave of energy associated with a storm now north of the Aleutians and it just doesn't have enough oomph to put widespread showers in the forecast.
The moisture push will slow overnight. Long before the sun comes up Friday morning, showers and chance of showers in Anchorage will come to an end. The absence of moisture will allow temps to fall back into the mid-30s early Friday morning.
We stay almost 10 degrees above normal in the coming days. Highs near 40 degrees stick with us right through the weekend. With overnight low temperatures falling back into the mid-30s each night.
It's a bit of a break in the action just in time for the weekend. While the rain comes to an end in Southcentral, the clouds will stick around. Our best shot at seeing a little sunshine comes Saturday before clouds take over once again.
The extended forecast is looking dry and warm. Temperatures well above normal mean we keep pushing our record further into the future. As of yesterday, we are monitoring a new record for the first day of a daily average temperature below freezing. That is something that typically happens in October and happened as late as November 5th in 2013, and now that record is being pushed back with every warm day we see.
As nice as the warm weather might be, I'm waiting for snow!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo