Frigid and frosty across Southcentral
Temperatures dropped below zero across most of the Anchorage Bowl and Mat-Su late Friday. This is some of the coldest weather we've seen since this time last year.
Strong off-shore flow, combined with a deep trough of low pressure across Southcentral is pulling down air from the Interior and western Alaska where temperatures are dropping to 30 to 40 below zero.
Anchorage will start out between -2 and -10 degrees early Saturday and it will barely even climb into the single digits Saturday afternoon. We'll be even a few degrees colder Sunday.
Despite the cold, it should be quite beautiful most of the weekend. The off-shore flow not only brings in the colder weather, but it also helps to clear out the clouds, keeping Southcentral mostly sunny with only patchy fog.
If you get the chance overnight, look up to the night sky. We're in the peak time of the Quadrantids Meteor Shower which has the potential to show up to 120 meteors falling per hour. For the best viewing, look to the north and northeast away from city lights.
Temperatures will begin to warm next week, but only slightly. We'll likely stay below 15° for at least the next 5 days.
-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey