Rain returns as temperatures rise
After our cold end to the week, temperatures will climb back up above freezing to start the new week. A storm hanging out over the Kenai Peninsula is pushing in moisture and warmth from the Pacific into much of Southcentral. That will keep warmer temperatures and the chance of snow and rain in the forecast through the end of the year.
Before 7 am the temperature at Ted Stevens soared to a balmy 39 degrees as light rain spread across the west side of town. The warmer temperatures will keep much of what falls as rain throughout the day on Monday. Scattered showers will be the bulk of the moisture we see during the day. The storm's position will spread some gusty wind across the region in addition to keeping rain and warmer temperatures in the forecast all day.
Powerful wind gusts will persist for upper hillside and Turnagain Arm. This storm has already produced multiple gusts up over 40 miles per hour early Monday, and the bulk of the wind won't arrive until later in the day.
The combination of rain and warmer temperatures will melt snow and put a layer of water on top of it. That means roads and sidewalks will be exceptionally slick in the coming days. Even as temps drop later in the week.
Tuesday is the calm between the storms. Southerly flow keeps us mild, a break in the moisture keeps us dry. Temperatures will climb into the upper-30s under mostly cloudy skies. As our next storm closes in on Southcentral, rain will spread across much of the gulf coast, snow in the mountains. By Tuesday evening, showers will move into southern Anchorage and hillside before working back though town in the late evening and overnight.
Cold air will start to spill south once again starting as early as Wednesday. Depending on timing, that means rain might change to snow to start the new year.
Then it's temps back below normal for the first week of 2019. Highs will likely stay in the teens with overnight lows dropping into the single digits.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo