Wind gusts over 100 mph hit Anchorage
Thousands are without power after winds between 50 and 112 mph hit Anchorage Wednesday evening. A high wind warning is in effect until 5 a.m. Thursday for the Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm where continued gusts to 100 mph are possible through the night. While the rest of Anchorage and Eagle River will not likely see winds to that level, most of the area will continue to see winds gusting between 40 and 70 mph through the night.
The highest wind was recorded near Upper Dearmoun Road where winds clocked in at 112 mph, that's a category 3 hurricane-force wind gust.
The winds started gusting over 50 mph in South Anchorage just before 10 a.m., reaching 70 mph consistently by 4 p.m., then over 90 mph by 7 p.m. More than 13 hours since the strong wind began, the gusts are still up to nearly 80 mph.
Wind damage was reported in Eagle River with reported wind gusts up to 61 mph in town, blowing a portion of the roof off of the Matanuska Brewing Company.
Strong winds will continue through the night, along with heavy precipitation. Anchorage, the western Kenai Peninsula, Wasilla, and Palmer will continue to see mostly rain but the higher elevations of Southcentral, and areas north of Willow and East of Palmer will see snow.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Susitna Valley through midnight Thursday night for 18-32 inches of snow. The Matanuska Valley east of Palmer is under a Winter Weather Advisory through 3 p.m. Thursday for up to 12 inches of snow, along with wind gusts to 35 mph.
We'll also see heavy snow in the Turnagain pass area of the Seward Highway. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for this area for 6-10" of snow and gusts to 30 mph. through 6 a.m. Thursday.
The high winds will taper off overnight in Anchorage but we'll continue to see heavy rainfall, mixing with snow at times Thursday.
Stay safe on the roads and happy Thanksgiving!
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