Record warmth to end 2019, snow to start 2020!
Temperatures soared to 45 degrees early Tuesday morning— making it officially the warmest New Year's Eve on record for Anchorage. That barely beats out 2018's 44 degrees. It seems almost fitting to close out the warmest year on record for Anchorage with a record high temperature. Now 2020 looks to start in a normal Alaskan fashion.
On the east side of an incoming storm, southerly flow will keep temperatures mild throughout the day. We will stay in the 40s until about 8 pm. So plenty of warmth to get downtown and celebrate ringing in the new year! You might encounter a few stray showers, but the bulk of the moisture hits as the temps drop. Expect that to start at around 9 pm. Temps will drop and snow will start.
Because of the snow, Anchorage is under a winter weather advisory from 9 pm to 6 am New Year's Day. Anchorage will see about 3-5 inches of snow by the time it comes to an end Wednesday morning. Temps will fall to the 20s by midnight, then keep dropping through Wednesday.
The Kenai Peninsula will see it all start a little earlier. Wind and snow will combine to drop visibility. For that reason, the western Kenai is under a blizzard warning for wind and blowing snow. The warning starts at 3 pm this afternoon and lasts until 6 am Wednesday.
The snow tapers off across Southcentral early New Year's Day and it's all downhill from there. Temperatures will fall from the 20s in the morning to the single digits overnight and keep dropping in the days to come.
Double-digit highs Thursday and Friday will accompany overnight lows near zero degrees. The good news is that all of the cold comes with some sunshine.
Combine the fresh snow, sunshine, and more than 10 minutes of gained daylight— you won't even notice the bitter cold!
Happy New Year!
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo