Above-average temperatures continues in the warmest fall on record
While it wasn't record-breaking, the warmth Anchorage continues to see continues to propel fall 2019 as the warmest on record.
Temperatures quickly climbed into the upper 40s under sunny skies, which was nearly 20 degrees warmer than our average high in the 20s. This unusual warmth continues as a large portion of Alaska sees the Arctic cold being displaced well to the south. Unfortunately for those who want the cooler weather, it doesn't look to arrive anytime soon. Warm temperatures will continue to headline the next week with little to no moisture expected. The only silver lining coming out of this is that there will be plenty of sunny days if have plans of heading outside.
While Southcentral continues to bake, the Interior and Southeast are seeing temperatures on the cooler side as Arctic air deals them a glancing blow. It's this Arctic air that will interact with a low spinning in the Gulf of Alaska that will bring Southeast its first winter storm of the season. The average first inch of snow for Juneau is November 8th, which is right on target for the snow that will fall overnight Friday into Saturday. While Juneau will likely only see upwards of an inch of snow, many outlying areas and islands of Southeast could see anywhere from 4-8" of snow.
Meanwhile, Southcentral will continue to see warmer than normal temperatures, with highs each day topping out near 40 degrees. Don't be surprised to see some areas of patchy fog develop through the night, as the clear skies and wet ground will aid in fog formation. If you're looking for any hopes of snow, it's likely that we'll be waiting for quite some time.
Have a great weekend!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison