A winter storm starts the week

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Hope all the moms enjoyed their special day. Mother Nature, I like to think, made a big contribution by providing another day of golden sunshine and blue skies.

After taking two steps forward in spring real time over the past two weeks, it will feel like a big step backwards at the start of this week. A large, energetic storm system is about to move across the state, bringing noticeably colder temperatures with it. Many locations in the southwest, across the interior and along the Brooks Range to the Arctic Coast will also see widespread snow showers, with some minor accumulations in places.

Fortunately, the storm’s track and the Alaska Range will keep much of the cold air and winter precipitation from pouring into the south-central. As the front passes early Monday, scattered rain showers will be possible in Anchorage and Valley areas with locations above 1,000 feet seeing flurries. Temperatures will struggle to break out of the 40s for daytime highs. West and northwest winds of 10-20 mph with occasional gusts to 30 mph will feel like 40 degrees at times. Ouch!

Yes, everyone, the calendar says May, but tell Mother Nature, especially after this weekend!

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