Cold snap #2: Cold, but not frigid
Anchorage experienced its 3rd consecutive day of seeing afternoon highs climbing into the teens. It seemed far-fetched at first due to the low-hanging clouds and freezing fog that enveloped the region, but by the afternoon hours that cleared out. Once peaks of sunshine arrived across the region, temperatures soared to 17 degrees, making today feel quite warm compared to most of January.
However, like we have been alluding to. Another round of cold air is set to filter into the state over the coming days. The good news is this one will be short-lived and not be as cold. High pressure currently building in across the western half of the state is displacing air from Russian and the Arctic and spilling it into Southcentral. This will lead to slowly falling temperatures over the coming days, with the return to subzero lows possible each morning.
This cold snap will be different in several ways.
- - The amount of cold air that filters into Southcentral
- - No freezing fog, due to less of an inversion impact
- - The length of stay will be shorter compared to the most recent cold snap
With high pressure building into the state, this will mean fairly quiet weather conditions over the days to come. For Southcentral that translates to clearer skies which will be perfect for viewing the aurora when the activity spikes.
It's possible that our coldest day will be Saturday, where highs will struggle to climb out above 2 degrees after starting off the morning with subzero lows. The good news for many of us is that warmer weather is back in the forecast. Starting next week we'll see highs return to the teens, with a potential for some flurries as a storm brushes the region.
Have a great Wednesday!
- Meteorologist Aaron Morrison