High winds battered the Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm late Wednesday into early Thursday, with gusts of more than 100 mph reported. Meanwhile, the same storm was expected to dump heavy snow on the Susitna Valley to the north.
A wind warning was issued for the Hillside and Turnagain Arm by the National Weather Service through 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, with sustained southeast winds of 30-50 mph and gusts from 70-85 mph. By late Wednesday, gusts exceeding 100 mph had been recorded on the Upper Hillside, according to the weather service.
Rain was forecast through Thursday in the city, with temperatures well above normal for this time of year. A high temperature of 39 degrees is forecast for Thursday.
It’s a different story north of Anchorage, with heavy snow forecast for the Susitna Valley. A winter storm warning in effect through Thursday night for the Susitna Valley forecast snow accumulations of 18 to 32 inches, with localized amounts up to 40 inches.
And south of the state’s largest city, a winter weather advisory was in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday, with an additional 4 to 8 inches of snow expected to accumulate in the morning and gusting winds expected to reduce visibility for the Turnagain Pass area.
Much of Alaska was under various warnings and advisories as of Thursday morning.