A rare event likely for Anchorage this week
After the warmest summer and fall on record and more than 30 new or tied record high temperatures in Anchorage this year, we're finally starting to see the air cool down.
High temperatures have already dropped nearly 20 degrees this week and we'll drop close to 20 degrees more by this weekend. The last time we saw a string of more than 4 days colder than normal was back in February.
Out of the 351 days recorded so far this year at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, 236 of the days have been at least 3 degrees above normal, that's more than 67%. There have only been 33 days that were at least 3° colder than normal, which is less than 10 percent.
Off-shore winds combined with clear skies will allow temperatures to fall to the single digits, if not below zero, for at least three nights starting Friday. Daytime high temperatures won't be much warmer, likely staying in the low teens.
Temperatures across the northern half of the state are even colder, with many places struggling to get above 20° below zero.
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey