A winter-like storm system moves slowly through southern Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – After a beautiful weekend, the last day of April 2022 brought very different weather conditions to Southcentral. Clouds dominated much of the sky by late afternoon. Areas of rain were moving towards coastal areas along southern Kenai and into Prince William Sound. As a result, Saturday’s high temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport didn’t even reach 50 degrees, just a few degrees shy of 48. Valley locations, however, saw more sunshine throughout of the day, allowing temperatures to easily climb into the low to mid-50s.

Gusty winds ranging from 35 to 55 mph are forecast south of Anchorage, across the hill, along Turnagain Arm, and peaking south and east up the coast overnight and into the first half of Sunday. Precipitation will also become more widespread, and at times heavy, along the coast and across the Chugach Mountains overnight Monday through Monday. Elevations above 1,000 feet will likely see heavy accumulations of wet snow, possibly up to 2 feet or more through early Monday. (Yes, Sunday is May 1st!).

The anchorage should remain largely dry on Sunday, but a few sporadic showers could cross the mountains at the end of the day. Showers become more likely, but scattered, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. With clouds and humidity, afternoon highs will barely reach the lower 50 degrees, with morning lows starting in the upper 30 degrees to around 40 degrees.

After enjoying a beautiful late April with sunshine and afternoon temperatures in the 50s and below 60s, the southeast kicks in with widespread rain, and again, wet snow at high elevations Saturday night. The first round of rain ends late Sunday, with a break Monday morning, followed by a second round Monday evening through Tuesday.

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