Slick Saturday morning likely for Southcentral
It's been a wet end to the workweek, which will pose problems through the overnight hours into the weekend. With melting snow still occurring thanks to the warmer temperatures and light rain we continue to see, slick spots are looking possible overnight into Saturday. This will come as cold air wraps around a low pressure system that continues to push up the Cook Inlet. The question is, will there still be lingering moisture once the cold air arrives for a brief change-over to a wintry mix for the Anchorage Bowl?
While there looks to be a brief window of opportunity (Midnight - 2 AM), most of the activity looks to remain confined to the valley, Prince William Sound, and the Copper River Basin. It's here where we could see some snow accumulation through the night. While it won't be anything like what was seen earlier this week, snow continues to be a welcoming sight for us.
Once the cold air arrives, we'll see temperatures fall at or below freezing across a large portion of Southcentral. This will lead to the development of black ice, especially in areas that have seen significant rain through the day. Anchorage has already seen well over a quarter of an inch, and will likely see some slick spots on less traveled roads, side roads, and in shady spots. Be mindful when on the roadways into the weekend that this will be a potential impact for you.
Any chance of a wintry mix and snow comes to an end during the mid-morning, with some peeks of sunshine into the afternoon hours. Even with this being the case, highs will only climb into the mid to upper 30s for many of us.
Enjoy it, because another push of moisture arrives Saturday night into Sunday and this one will bring the coldest air seen in many months. Expect light snow showers Saturday night, with temperatures falling into the 20s for highs by Monday.
Have a great weekend!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison.