Coldest night of the season in nearly 9 months
The Anchorage Bowl and northern portions of the Kenai saw a return to a Winter Wonderland earlier Sunday afternoon, while others across Southcentral remained on the drier side. Many saw anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow, with localized higher amounts. While the weak upper level disturbance finally brought more snow to the region, it's biggest factor in our weather will be the cold. Colder air is quickly advecting into Southcentral, as we prepare for the coldest night we've seen since the beginning of March.
Thanks to the snow that we saw, some areas could be 1-2 degrees cooler than originally anticipated. Other areas will likely bottom out in the upper teens and lower 20s for highs. Even with that said, many of us will wake up to one of the coldest mornings we've seen in some time. A few flurries can't be ruled out for the morning commute, but expect clearing skies and sunshine to return through the day.
The cold stays with us for a brief period, as a surge of moisture and warmer air from the south arrive in Southcentral. It's here where things get tricky because as that is occurring, a massive storm system to our west will usher in another round of cold air. Where the two merge will be another significant storm system for Southcentral. While it's too early to dive into specifics, someone in Southcentral will see a decent amount of snow, while others will likely only see a wintry mix.
It'll be a forecast you certainly want to stay tuned to, as temperatures will be hovering around the freezing mark towards the middle of the week.
Have a great start to your week!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison