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Ready the rain gear, Anchorage. We’re headed into a warm week.

  • Author: Julia O'Malley
  • Updated: December 11, 2017
  • Published December 10, 2017

Wing covers flap in the wind Monday morning as the sun rises over the Chugach Mountains. (Anne Raup, Anchorage Daily News)

Ready the rain gear, Anchorage. Wet, warm, gusty weather is blowing through the Anchorage area.

"We'll probably stay at or above freezing through the week," said National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines.

Anchorage can expect temperatures in the low 40s Monday, with wind gusts as high as 80 mph, the weather service said. A high wind warning was issued for the Hillside, Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley.

A wind-toppled trash bin sits on ice Monday morning, Dec. 11, 2017, in East Anchorage. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)

Wind will calm somewhat but continue into Tuesday, according to the forecast. Road conditions are expected to worsen.

"The key feature is this high ridge of high pressure over the western U.S.," Baines said.

That dry air and wind has contributed to the fires in California, he said. The high pressure ridge is pushing warmer, wetter, windier weather up north, he said. It's not just affecting Anchorage. Juneau has been experiencing record-breaking warmth.  And Thompson Pass this week had one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record.

After this week's unseasonable soggy episode, it should cool down and, in time for Christmas, possibly snow, he said.

"That's what we're hoping," he said.

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