Freezing rain advisory issued for Anchorage, Mat-Su

Devin Kelly

An overnight drizzling of freezing rain could make for a slick commute in Anchorage Thursday morning, forecasters said.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Precipitation fell onto the Kenai Peninsula early Wednesday afternoon, with freezing rain reported south of the Kenai Airport about 1:30 p.m., said Mike Ottenweller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage. That system is expected to make its way to Anchorage by Wednesday night.

While pockets of freezing rain could cause icy conditions, the event will not resemble the ice storm that hit the city about 10 days ago, Ottenweller said.

"It'll be much more isolated and showering in nature," Ottenweller said.

But he cautioned that roads could become slick for drivers Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Later Thursday, the skies will dry up for at least a few days and forecasters say a warming pattern could bring the mercury up above freezing by the weekend.

Elsewhere in the state Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for the northern and interior Seward Peninsula and the lower Koyukuk and middle Yukon valleys. The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until Friday morning.

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