Warm, Windy and Wet
Temperatures climbed rapidly across southern Alaska early Wednesday with the high temperature in Anchorage reaching 49°, making this the warmest day this month. Typically, temperatures are in the mid-20s this time of year.
An area of low-pressure is ushering in the warmer air mass, along with quite a bit of moisture. That combination made for icy sloppy roads Wednesday and that'll be the case over the next couple of days.
Temperatures will stay in the 40s on Thursday across Southcentral. 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 Thursday with heavy rain falling across Prince William Sound and into Southeast. Yakutat picked up more than 2 inches of rain on both Tuesday and Wednesday and more rain is on the way for Thursday. Localized flooding will continue to be 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. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Thursday night for Thompson Pass for an additional 16-25" of snow.
In addition to the heat and rain, you may have also noticed the increase in winds. We saw breezy winds across most of Southcentral Wednesday and the strong winds will continue Thursday. A High Wind Watch is in effect for the Anchorage Hillside, Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley for wind gusts to 70 mph Thursday night.
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.
Stay safe on the icy and wet roads!
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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