A warming trend takes hold this weekend
It's been a cold start to the year in Anchorage, with an average temperature through the first 10 days being -0.2 degrees.
Just how cold have we been though? Averaging the first 10 days of the year together and this is the 5th coldest start to the year on record for Anchorage.
The coldest start on record was back in 1975, when temperatures dropped as low as -34 degrees and highs struggled to break the 0 degree mark. While we haven't seen that kind of cold, it's nice to finally see Alaska catching a break from the heat that baked the state last year.
If you're wanting to catch a break from the cold, a warming trend is finally taking hold across Southcentral. The cold air that has been in place for the past week and a half is slowly moving to the east. This will open the door for warmer temperatures to build back into the region, but even then highs will be well below our average of 23 degrees.
We'll see overnight lows once more drop to -10, but sunshine through the day Saturday will warm highs near 5 degrees. This warming trend continues through the weekend, as highs will top out in the double digits starting Sunday as a storm system pushes into the region. This will bring us a chance for flurries Sunday, but the biggest change will be highs topping out in the lower teens.
You'll want to enjoy the mini "heat wave", as another cold snap is looming into next week. Thankfully, this one won't be as cold as what we have been dealing with. Highs will each day starting Tuesday will be near 10 degrees with overnight lows once again falling below zero.
Have a great weekend!
Meteorologist Aaron Morrison