Winter storm warnings remain in effect with more winter weather on the way
Freezing rain and light snow overnight in Anchorage, Eagle River, the Valley, and the Kenai Peninsula made for a slick start to the day. Temperatures hovered right around freezing across much of Southcentral meaning some places stayed wet while other locations saw some local freezing.
Winter storm warnings remain in effect until 1 pm for Anchorage, the Valley, and the Kenai Peninsula. Freezing rain will transition to snow in the morning then cold rain as temperatures rise throughout the day. Most of that snow stays on the east side of Anchorage and in the higher elevations. It sounds like the easy way out, but in Anchorage, we will see anything from 0 to 2 inches of snow depending on where you are.
Once you get away from the coast, temperatures will stay cold enough that much of what falls on Thursday will stay snow. The Copper River Basin, Thompson Pass, and Hatcher Pass will get all of the snow you're looking for. Strom wind will reduce visibility at times and cause some wind loading in higher elevations— so be careful if you plan on heading into the backcountry or diving in the area.
With the storm lingering over the northern Pacific, showers will stay in the forecast through the weekend. Temperatures hovering around freezing mean that Southcentral will see everything from rain to snow and all of the in-betweens.
Friday looks to offer a quick break from the action for Anchorage. If we see anything, it'll be light showers. Temperatures will remain above freezing, hopefully stopping any freezing.
The best shot at snow in the forecast arrives this weekend. Snow is possible both Saturday and Sunday. I'm not promising anything just yet, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. Temperatures will hover on each side of the freezing mark— giving us the best chance we've seen this fall.
Be careful out there today!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo