Winter Storm Watch in effect for Anchorage, Mat-Su, Kenai
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After weeks of mild temperatures and little to no snow, winter is likely to make a late-season arrival for parts of Southcentral later this week.
A strong storm is on track to deliver a wintry mix across Southcentral Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.
Kodiak, Homer, and Seward will be the first to see the storm as it moves in from the south early Wednesday. Temperatures will stay above freezing for these coastal locations allowing all of the precipitation to stay as rain.
Further north, temperatures will be cooler and ice will become a concern. A winter storm watch is in effect late Wednesday into Thursday for Anchorage, including Eagle River and Indian, the Matanuska Valley including Wasilla, Palmer and Sutton and the western side of the Kenai Peninsula, north of Anchor Point. These areas will likely see light rain Wednesday evening transitioning to freezing rain and potentially light snow early Thursday morning. This means both the evening commute Wednesday and the morning commute Thursday could be icy.
Further north and east, the northern Susitna Valley and Copper River Basin will stay cold enough for the precipitation to stay as all snow. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for Thompson Pass near Keystone Canyon where 12-20 inches of snow is likely in addition to wind gusts to 40 mph. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Copper River Basin where 6-10 inches of snow is likely.
This will also be another snowmaker for much of the Interior.
Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are in effect for most of the central and eastern parts of the state as a combination of snow and wind is on the way for the end of the week. Fairbanks will likely wind gusts to 25 mph Wednesday followed by 3-5 inches of snow Thursday and Friday.
Snow and blowing snow will become a concern on the summits of the Dalton, Steese, and Elliott highways Thursday and Friday where both falling snow and gusts to 50 mph will contribute to poor visibility.
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