ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A weakening low over the Gulf of Alaska brought heavy rain and snow to the Panhandle overnight. The front has cleared the region and the upper jet has moved south into British Columbia, so expect spottier showers for the rest of the day in Southeast. Some moisture has wrapped its way into PWS, as well. Aside from these areas, the state is looking at another cold and dry day.
Highs will only reach 10 to 20 below for much of the Slope and Interior. The West and Southwest will see partly to mostly sunny conditions and highs -10 to 10. Even the Cook Inlet region will be below average with highs in the teens and low 20s. It's some improvement, in terms of escaping the bitter cold, but still a far cry from a big warm up.
That comes Wednesday.
A very strong jet will orient itself from south to north over the Pacific and bring a moist tropical air mass directly into Southcentral beginning Tuesday night. We will climb above freezing Wednesday, be near freezing Thursday and Friday, then warm above freezing again Saturday and Sunday.