Anchorage will see between 3 inches and 8 inches as a side effect of the giant Bering Sea storm hundreds of miles to the west, according to the National Weather Service.
Weather service forecasters have issued a winter weather advisory for Anchorage that is expected to remain in effect until noon Thursday. Forecasters warned drivers to expect moderate to heavy snowfall during the Thursday morning commute.
The snow is a result of a "potent upper level disturbance" rotating around the huge Bering Sea storm, the weather service says.
Up to 3 inches of snow will fall on Anchorage through Wednesday night, with another 2 to 5 inches expected by Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service. That's total of 3 to 8 inches of snow for the storm, moving in from the southwest over Alaska's largest city. The most snow expected to fall at higher elevations, the forecast says.
As of late Wednesday, there were no winter weather advisories issued for the Matanuska or Susitna vallies or the Kenai Peninsula.
Valley residents could expect 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday; Peninsula residents were looking at getting up to 2 inches, according to the weather service.
Areas between Girdwood and Seward were expected to get 2 to 5 inches of snow, mostly Thursday morning, the weather service says.
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By CASEY GROVE
Anchorage Daily News