Heavy snow, rain and wind all likely across Southcentral Wednesday
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect Wednesday as a storm delivers a mixed bag of winter weather to Southcentral.
The Kenai Peninsula will be the first to see snow Wednesday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Kenai Peninsula, including the Seward Highway corridor. The western side of the Peninsula should be prepared for up to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday early evening, along with gusts to 30 mph. The eastern side should be prepared for up to 8 inches of snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. Warmer air will move in late Wednesday, turning the snow to rain with heavy rain likely Thanksgiving day.
Moderate to heavy snow is also likely for Whittier and Valdez Wednesday. Temperatures will likely stay cold enough in Valdez for the precipitation to stay as snow, but Whitter will see a transition from heavy snow to heavy rain by Thursday morning. The Copper River Basin, including Glennallen, will see snow showers starting Wednesday night.
The Susitna Valley, from Willow north, is under a Winter Storm Warning Wednesday into Thursday for 10-24 inches of snow. We'll see a transition to rain early Thursday south of Talkeetna. Further south we'll see snow showers in Wasilla and Palmer mid-day Wednesday, transitioning to a wintry mix late in the day. We'll also see wind gusts to 35 mph in this area.
Anchorage should be prepared for snow showers Wednesday mid-morning into the evening commute. We'll likely see lower accumulations here compared to the rest of Southcentral because of a strong northeast wind keeping more of the moisture out of the Anchorage Bowl, but up to 4 inches of snow is likely Wednesday before we see a transition to rain showers early Thursday. We'll also see strong wind gusts, up to 30 mph in town and up to 50 mph for the Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm.
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