Warm weather pattern causes freezing rain in Southwest Alaska

by Ben Matheson on December 4, 2013

Residents in Bethel woke up to very slick streets, enough to cancel school. The Y-K Delta is experiencing a warm weather pattern from a series of low pressure systems, according to Mark Byrd, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service.

“Pretty strong flow out of the south-south west that’s pushing the warm most air across western Alaska,” said Byrd.

He expects most of the freezing rain in southwest Alaska to be done by midday today. Highs could reach the upper 30s in the next couple days, but Byrd says it could be cold enough to keep the streets slippery.

“I would anticipate high temperatures just over freezing, 33 – 34 degrees, so I wouldn’t expect much reduction of ice on roadways, it will probably stay icy until that ice on the roadways gets eroded away,” said Byrd.

It’s going to be a warm week, but by the weekend, things should be back to snow.

“For the next couple days, we’ll see a continuing warming trend, which will switch over to a cooling trend, bringing in some colder air. So if we have precipitation it’s going to be mostly in the form of snow,” said Byrd.

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