Unseasonably warm weather continues for Southcentral
For the 25th consecutive day, Anchorage has seen its afternoon high at least 3°+ above normal. Many days have been well above that, as afternoon highs continue to climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s. During this time of the year, we should be struggling to climb out of the 20s with overnight lows in the teens, but we have yet to see even one day near that.
As the Lower 48 gears up for an Arctic blast, Southcentral will continue to see temperatures on the toasty side. A series of low-pressure storms will take aim on the region and not only keep rain in the forecast over the next week but continue to push warm, moisture-rich air into the region. Ahead of those storms, we'll see a nice Veterans Day for Southcentral, as plenty of sunshine will be expected. It'll still be warm for November standards, as highs top out in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Enjoy the sunshine, as the rest of the week looks to bring increasing clouds and rain back in the forecast.
The remnants of a typhoon will be pushing into the Northern Pacific Ocean and eventually the Gulf of Alaska by the middle of the week. While the storm looks to be fairly strong, most of coastal Alaska will be dealing with light to moderate rain showers beginning Wednesday. Here's where it gets tricky, high pressure to our north will also be pushing a blast of cold air south of the Alaska Range. This could bring parts of the Copper River Basin and extreme Northern Mat-Su Valley some heavy snow late Wednesday into Thursday.
While it's still too early to dive into the specifics, parts of the region could be dealing with the first significant snowstorm of the season. Unfortunately, Anchorage will likely only see cold rain from this evening, with the potential for a wintry mix. This all depends on the reach of the cold air to our north. For now going with a minor chance for a wintry mix late Wednesday, before all rain Thursday into the close of the week.
Even if we do see a wintry mix, temperatures will still be hovering near 40 degrees each afternoon with overnight lows near freezing.
Have a great weekend!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison