Record heat and record snow on the same day with more in the forecast
You don't have to be a weather expert to know Saturday was something special in the world of weather. Some much-needed snow piled up in Anchorage, enough to set a record! 8.4 inches of snow beat out the previous record of 8.3 inches of snow on November 16th. That was also a record amount of water content for the day, but the more impressive record was the temperature. 45 degrees while it all began! That tied the old record from back in 1967.
Quite a bit of snow fell elsewhere in Southcentral. Elsewhere we saw snowfall totals near or above a foot! That's enough to get out and play in.
A quick break in the action, then it's more in the forecast for not just Anchorage— much of the 49th state. A powerful storm lifting in from the Pacific will bring blizzard conditions to western Alaska, strong wind to much of the state, and another round of a wintry mix and snow for Southcentral.
Monday is the calm before the storm. Temperatures will hover around the mid-30s under mostly cloudy skies to start the workweek. Fresh snow and breaks in the clouds will allow temps to fall back into the 20s overnight. And the bigger the drop in temps the better.
An incoming storm will bring back the chance of a wintry mix for much of Anchorage by Tuesday. In the Valley and Interior, that will be all snow. Potentially a foot of it for some areas.
In Anchorage, it's all about temperatures. It's another push of moisture from the south; that means it comes with some warmth. If we stay cold enough, we could get a little snow late Tuesday. If it's warmer it's rain. On top of our recent snow that would make for a slushy, slippery mess.
The storm keeps a wintry mix in the forecast through the middle part of the week with lingering chances through the second half of the week. Daytime highs will hover close to 40 degrees with overnight lows dropping to near freezing. That's more than 10 degrees above normal!
Fingers crossed it's snow and not a wintry mess in the days to come.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo