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Freezing temperatures expected for much of Southcentral Alaska on Saturday night

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 21, 2019
  • Published September 21, 2019

People hike at Arctic Valley on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

As termination dust arrived in the Chugach Mountains east of Anchorage, freezing temperatures were expected to move into much of Southcentral Alaska on Saturday evening.

Clearing skies and a mass of cool air moving into the region are expected to drop temperatures into the upper 20s and mid-30s Saturday evening into Sunday morning, the weather service said in a special weather statement.

We “won’t have the blanketing effect cloud cover would typically provide at night,” said Cynthia Kobold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

“Areas where sub-freezing temperatures are most likely tonight include: the southern Susitna Valley (south of Talkeetna including Willow and Houston), the western Matanuska Valley (west of Wasilla, including Meadow Lakes and Big Lake), portions of East Anchorage (near Campbell Creek Science Center) and the Eagle River Valley, and portions of the western Kenai Peninsula (including Kenai, Soldotna, and Sterling),” the special weather statement said.

By late Sunday morning, the weather will warm up, with temperatures expected to be in the high 40s and low 50s, Kobold said.

“Tomorrow is going to be a really good day to be outside,” Kobold said, adding that clear skies during the day Sunday would give way to a cloudy evening.