ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A strong area of low pressure is centered over the Aleutians this morning. The associated front extended ahead of it and it poised to pull into Southcentral and the Panhandle today. Moisture has intensified along and ahead of the front. So, the state's southern coastline should be prepared for periods of heavy rain mixing with snow. Over the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutians, winds may also gust to 70 mph through channeled terrain.
This southeasterly downsloping flow will limit precipitation in Anchorage and the Valley. Flurries or light patches of snow are possible, with snow becoming more likely tonight. An inch or two is possible in Wasilla and Palmer, as well as Anchorage and the rest of the Cook Inlet Region. Winds will gust to 40-50 mph along the far Upper Hillside.
The Arctic Slope, in particular, Deadhorse, will be bitterly cold today. Highs will be near 25 below. The western North Slope is under a Wind Chill Advisory for wind chills to 55 below.