Sub-zero temperatures likely by Friday morning
The cold weather that arrived just in time for 2020 will stick around for the foreseeable future, with many across Southcentral seeing sub-zero lows.
Not only will we remain on the cold side, but temperatures will steadily get colder, as northerly flow allows polar air to anchor itself into the region. We'll begin to see those temperatures fall today, with single digits arriving by the late afternoon hours. Additionally, some light snow flurries will be possible as a decaying system to our southeast pushes in some moisture to the Anchorage Bowl. Little to no accumulation is possible, outside of a minor trace along the Upper Hillside.
Once this system departs we'll see sunshine take hold across Southcentral with only a few passing clouds into the weekend. With clearer skies in the forecast, this will allow temperatures to quickly fall into the night, with a shot at seeing sub-zero lows overnight into Friday morning. This will certainly be the case for East Anchorage and Hillside, where temperatures are notoriously colder than the rest of town.
With the cold air filtering into Southcentral, it's likely that some spots will see overnight lows fall to near -10 degrees, with warmer spots near the airport and Cook Inlet.
If you're a fan of the cold it looks to stick around for quite some time, with our coldest day being Saturday. While our snow pack looks to finally hang around, any chance of precipitation looks hard to come by as the cold and dry air grips onto Southcentral.
Have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison