Cold, sunny days in the forecast
Temperatures will once again hover near zero degrees in the days to come. Overnight lows dropping to near double digits below zero on the east side of town, and single digits below zero on the west side. Under clear skies, the sun will warm Anchorage to above zero each day— even if not by much.
It's not just you, this is some serious cold. We really didn't see this kind of cold in Anchorage in the past decade. In fact, the past 22 months in Anchorage (almost 2 years) have recorded temperatures higher than that of the average over the previous 30 years. Confusing, but long story short— temperatures were above normal. So when we see 2 weeks of temps well below normal, it feels downright cold.
When it comes to the month of January, this one of the coldest starts Anchorage has ever seen. January is typically the coldest month of the year. If you average the first 15 days of the month, high and low temperatures over the past 30 years— it's about 17 degrees. This year, the first 15 days give us an average temperature of just 1.7 degrees. Hardly above zero; and in the days to come that average temperature is expected to stay much colder than the norm.
That officially makes this one of the top 5 coldest starts to a year on record!
There is a carrot dangling in front of us. A shift in the weather pattern looks to bring about some warmer temperatures by next week. The warmer temperatures start moving in Sunday along with some cloud cover. By Monday the chance of flurries will bump temps up into the teens for much of the Anchorage bowl.
Until then, bundle up! Temperatures will hover near zero degrees, getting colder each day through Saturday.
Thankfully, all of this cold comes with ample sunshine! So don't forget the sunglasses.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo