Weather service warns of heavy rainfall on eastern Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound

Tegan Hanlon

Pounding rain has hit the Prince William Sound region and parts of the Kenai Peninsula and it should stick around at least until Friday, said the National Weather Service in a special weather statement on Wednesday.

Forecasters said rainfall may total between 3 and 6 inches along the eastern Kenai and up to 8 inches on the north Gulf Cost paired with high temperatures hovering in the 40s Thursday and Friday.

Isolated rain showers are predicted for Saturday in the western Prince William Sound area and "a chance of rain" is lodged in the forecast through early next week, according to the weather service.

Some precipitation may also hit Anchorage, but less aggressively, said Dan Peterson, meteorologist with the weather service.

Peterson said parts of Anchorage will see isolated rain showers Thursday, highs in the lower to mid 40s and winds up to 15 mph. Gusts may reach 50 mph along the Turnagain Arm and in higher elevations.

The warm temperatures, opposite the chill over much of the Lower 48, closed ski slopes and prompted avalanche advisories Wednesday.

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