Snow, Freezing Rain Headed To Anchorage

Graphic by National Weather Service.
Graphic by National Weather Service.

Anchorage residents will get relief from the clear and cold weather that has set in over the last few days, but the transition could be messy.

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Forecasters expect temperatures to hover in the mid- to upper-teens on Thursday, with up to 2 inches of snow falling in the late afternoon and evening.

National Weather Service forecaster Bill Ludwig says the snow will likely turn into freezing rain early Friday morning, which will continue through most of the day.

“At this point, it really doesn’t look like we’ll have a heavy freezing rain event, that if we get some, it’ll be light, but sometimes you don’t need a whole lot to make things pretty nasty,” Ludwig said.

He says he expects less than a quarter of an inch of freezing rain accumulation.

Temperatures are likely to rise to around freezing by Friday afternoon. Then, between 3 and 5 inches of snow is expected Friday evening.

The National Weather Service is forecasting similar conditions for the Mat-Su Valley.

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