ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A robust low pressure center is spiraling into the northern Gulf of Alaska, bringing strong winds with it into the afternoon. Winds will reach 60 mph with higher gusts in the southern Panhandle and will likely top out near 50 mph around Palmer and west Anchorage. These strong winds will extend into the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island, where gusts may reach 45 mph. These winds will lower the wind chill to near zero at times through tonight in the Valley.
These winds will be from the north. As we look north and see what type of air mass will be advected into Southcentral due to the winds, we find a very dry and very cold one. Lows were below zero overnight and will only climb into the single digits for much of the Interior. This cold air mass will glide southward and remain over the Inlet region through tomorrow.