Most of Anchorage woke up to sub-zero temperatures
After about a foot of fresh snow, temperatures took the plunge across much of Southcentral. Temperatures dropped below zero in many locations early Friday morning. Even Anchorage saw most early-morning readings below zero, despite the official temperature staying above the 0º mark.
Combine that cold with a northerly wind of about 15 miles per hour and the feels like temperatures dropped to almost -15 degrees. While that is easily the coldest we've seen this season, it is still quite a bit colder in the Interior. Temperatures were cold enough to prompt wind chill warnings and advisories. Feels like temperatures approached -65 degrees in some areas.
Allakaket, AK recorded a temperature of -60º this morning. That is the coldest temperature in Alaska so far this season.
Temperatures will continue to dip throughout the day on Friday. The coldest air likely arriving in the early afternoon. That's before our next round of moisture moves into the region.
A storm lifting in from the gulf will bring cloud cover back to Anchorage this evening. Along with the cloud cover comes a slight warmup. Temperatures will climb to the single digits Saturday as snow returns.
Anchorage will likely see 2-4 inches of fresh snow Saturday before drying out. Elsewhere in Southcentral, the incoming snow has prompted winter weather advisories. Western Prince William Sound, the Western Kenai Peninsula, and even Kodiak all have winter weather advisories in place through Saturday morning for the incoming storm.
Following Saturday's snow, we will dry out. But the dry spell doesn't last long, on the heels of the first storm is another bringing even more warmth and even more snow to much of Southcentral on Sunday.
By next week, fresh snow and temperatures in the 20s will have it feeling like the winter we've all been waiting for has finally arrived!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo