Light freezing rain was expected to continue into the afternoon Tuesday in the Anchorage area, although other parts of Southcentral Alaska could see heavy snowfall, meteorologists said.
The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The area can expect about a tenth of an inch of ice to cause slippery roads, forecasters said.
Meteorologist Bob Clay said a low-pressure system is pushing precipitation and moisture into the area Tuesday, where it will mix with cooler air and cause freezing rain.
Temperatures are expected to reach the high 30s and low 40s from Tuesday until Thursday, Clay said. The high temperatures follow a record-breaking snowfall Saturday. Areas of Anchorage reported up to 10 inches of snow and Eagle River received over a foot in some places. Clay said the high temperatures and rainfall likely won’t melt all of the snow.
More rain is possible Wednesday and Clay said there could be a mix of rain and snow near Anchorage on Thursday.
The Copper River Basin and Susitna Valley were expected to receive heavy snowfall from Tuesday until Wednesday, according to a winter storm warning.
Near Talkeetna, Clay said, the snow may mix with rain or freezing rain Tuesday afternoon. The heaviest snow is expected to fall over the northern and western portions of Susitna Valley, he said. Forecasts predict the area could see anywhere from 4 inches to a foot of snow by Wednesday morning.