Major winter storm targets Anchorage, Southcentral
A powerful storm continues to track toward Southcentral prompting winter storm watches, winter weather advisories, and blizzard warnings for the region.
The storm, moving in from the northern Pacific, will hit the Kenai peninsula first. Places like Kodiak, Homer, and Seward will receive rain. A winter storm watch is in place for areas north of Anchor Point and Cooper Landing for freezing rain and snow Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Farther north, cooler temperatures will hover around freezing— prompting concerns for freezing rain and snow. Winter storm watches remain in effect from late Wednesday into Thursday for Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian, Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton, and the Matanuska Valley. There is a potential for light freezing rain in the morning, but the bulk of the precipitation will wait until later in the day. Light freezing rain will transition to a wintry mix and even a little snow early Thursday morning as temperatures drop.
If it's snow you want, head north. The northern Susitna Valley and Copper River Basin have temperatures cold enough that this storm will be all snow! Thompson Pass and Keystone Canyon could pick up 1 to 2 feet of snow by the time it all comes to an end. While that sounds nice, wind gusts near 40 miles per hour will reduce visibility to near zero— prompting a blizzard warning for the region. The Copper River Basin won't miss out. A winter weather advisory remains in place for gusting wind and 6 to 10 inches of snow.
For the interior, it's all snow. Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories, and wind warnings and advisories are in place as the storm nears. Fairbanks looks to continue its snowy winter with another 3-5 inches of snow in the forecast. Wind gusts near 25 miles per hour will reduce visibility at times Thursday and Friday.
The Dalton, Steese, and Elliot highways will see snow and blowing snow both Thursday and Friday. Highway summits will face reduced visibility as wind gusts near 50 miles per hour.
Details of the forecast will change as this major winter storm closes in. Be sure to stay with the KTVA weather team for the latest.