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Milder Temps, Strong Winds Expected for Anchorage, Mat-Su

December 31, 2012 - 10:00 am

The National Weather Service said it could be comparatively mild but possibly very windy in the Anchorage area Monday and Tuesday.

The highs could reach the mid-40s on Monday before dropping down to the upper 30s by afternoon. Winds could gust up to 25 mph in parts of Anchorage and be stronger – 30-45 mph – along Turnagain Arm and in the hillside areas during the day.

Winds are expected to pick up strength Monday night. Gusts along Turnagain Arm and hillside areas could hit 80 mph.

New Year’s Day is expected to be a rainy one. The highs could reach the mid-40s. Winds could gust up to 80 mph during the morning along Turnagain Arm and hillside areas.

Similar forecasts are in store for the Matanuska Valley. Monday will be cloudy with highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Winds could gust up to 30 mph. Temps will drop in the evening to the 30s and winds could pick up later in the evening. Forecasters said winds could gust up to 50 mph early Tuesday morning.

New Year’s Day is expected to be cloudy with some chance of rain. Temperatures will range from the upper 30s to the mid-40s. Winds could gust up to 50 mph.

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