One more blast of heat before temperatures take a nosedive
Temperatures are climbing rapidly across southern Alaska as an area of low-pressure ushers in a much warmer air mass, along with quite a bit of moisture. In a nutshell, that means be prepared for icy sloppy roads over the next couple of days.
The temperature in Bethel climbed from 1 below zero early Monday to nearly 40 degrees late Tuesday. We're also seeing that warmer air mass pushing into Southcentral. The temperature at Rabbit Creek climbed from just 24 degrees at 8 a.m. Tuesday to 47 degrees by 7 p.m. That's an impressive climb under mostly cloudy skies and with snow on the ground, which shows us just how warm the air is moving in off the Pacific.
Temperatures will climb to the low 40s Wednesday afternoon, only dropping to the mid-30s overnight and we'll see a second day of 40s Thursday. In addition to the heat, this storm will also continue to bring additional moisture to the region. Light rain showers are likely for Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Wednesday and Thursday with heavy rain falling across Prince William Sound and into Southeast. Yakutat picked up more than 2 inches of rain Tuesday and will likely see another 2 to 3 inches Wednesday. Localized flooding will likely become a concern across the northern areas of Southeast this week.
The only places still seeing snow are north of Talkeetna and from Thompson Pass north into the Copper River Basin. Both of these areas are also under Winter Storm Warnings through early Wednesday morning for additional snowfall.
Once this storm clears, temperatures will begin to drop as our upper-level winds switch from the south to the north. It'll take some time though to get rid of this heat though. Temperatures won't likely drop back below freezing overnight until Saturday morning, and we won't drop below freezing during the day until Monday.
Once the warmer air is all cleared out and temperatures drop, models are indicating we could see our coldest weather of the season by the middle of next week with temperatures eventually falling to the teens and 20s.
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