Subzero temps back in the forecast for Anchorage
You know if temps drop below zero in Anchorage, it'll be much colder elsewhere in Southcentral. That will be the case in the days to come as arctic air spills across the state. Parts of the interior will drop back to more than 20 degrees below zero by the end of the week.
The 11 degrees we hit early Tuesday will likely be the warmest temperature we see until we get to the weekend. Cold air funneling in from the north will drop temperatures throughout the day. As temps drop the freezing fog and low-level clouds will clear out. Expect to see some sunshine this afternoon and clear skies by tonight.
Thankfully this cold snap doesn't look to be near as potent as our last bout with subzero temps, and it doesn't look like it will last near as long. Instead of the Arctic air coming from our direct north, it will travel in from the northwest. As it makes the journey from Russia, it will warm slightly.
That means daytime highs in the single digits, overnight lows down below zero, and ample sunshine. That will remain the trend through the workweek. So, similar to last week but about 5 to 10 degrees warmer.
If you think this has been a cold start to the year, you're not alone. Looking at every January on record and just taking the first 13 days, this is one of the 5 coldest starts to a year of all time! With the current forecast, it looks like we will keep that trend going, for now at least. As it stands we are just halfway through the month and a lot can change in a short period of time.
In 2009, the cold snap ended with a return to 40-degree temps for much of Southcentral.
Let's hope that doesn't happen.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo