Coastal showers; Quiet weather elsewhere across Southcentral
Strong winds out of Turnagain Arm helped temperatures soar to new records in Anchorage. The new record of 45 degrees beat the old record of 41 set back in 1988. While the airport did top out in the mid 40s, most locations stayed in the 30s through the day, due in large part to being cut off from the southeasterly winds. Temperatures quickly fell though as the sun set, with many areas already falling into the mid and upper 20s.
Outside of the record high, it was fairly quiet across Southcentral and that trend will continue in the coming days. High pressure situated over Canada is leading to a slow moving low in the Gulf of Alaska. This is keeping any rain and chances for a wintry mix primarily confined to coastal regions. Overnight into Saturday many areas could pick up half an inch to just over an inch of rain, with some flurries and a wintry mix possible for Valdez and Cordova.
Elsewhere, Sunday will be another dry and partly sunny day. Highs will top out in the mid 30s, with winds once more on the breezy side. It's highly possible we could see highs on the warmer side for Ted Stevens due to the influence of the winds, but a large majority of the city will hover around the freezing mark.
The quiet weather pattern stays with us through most of next week, with slowly falling temperatures through the week. We'll start of Monday with highs near freezing and end the week with a chance for snow and highs in the teens.
Have a great Sunday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison