Cold to start the week, snow in time for holiday travel
Temperatures will be about as close to normal as they can get as we kick off the workweek. That snap back to normal will have it feeling quite chilly for many as they step out the door. The last time we saw temperatures this cold in Anchorage was March.
We dropped down into the low-20s late Sunday night and stayed in the low-20s as the workweek started. A little bit of cloud cover kept us from falling into the teens on the west side, but those clouds don't last all day. By the afternoon, sunshine dominates the forecast. Sunny and cooler with highs in the mid-20s is about as close to normal as we've been this month.
The coldest night of the week will be Monday into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will fall to near single-digit levels in Anchorage, and below zero in parts of the valley. But as quick as it sets in, the cold moves out.
By Tuesday we are back in the 20s during the day, starting out with clear skies. A push of moisture later in the day will slowly bring back cloud cover and warmer temperatures. That means we stay in the upper-teens overnight before snow returns to the forecast in a big way.
The incoming storm bringing the return of warm weather and clouds in Anchorage will spread winter weather across much of the state. Winter Storm Warnings, Coastal Flood Warnings, and Winter Weather Advisories are all in place as heavy snow and wind are expected in the days to come.
The storm will bring heavy snow to parts of Southcentral including coastal communities and parts of the valley. The worst of it looks to arrive Wednesday. If you plan on traveling this holiday season, stay with the KTVA weather team for the most up-to-date forecast.
Be sure to allow extra time as you hit the road today.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo