Much of Southcentral Alaska’s coast is under high wind warnings Monday, as the first of two major wind events passes through parts of the Interior near the Alaska Range.
Courtesy NWS Anchorage
As of 6 a.m. Monday, the weather service’s Anchorage website listed warnings in effect until noon for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations of Anchorage as well as the coast of Prince William Sound, a region extending from the Cape Fairweather area in the east to the vicinity of Homer in the west.
In affected parts of Anchorage, including the Hillside, top wind speeds were expected to reach 75 to 80 mph before subsiding Monday afternoon. The Prince William Sound areas were set to see winds from 35 to 55 mph, with gusts up to 75 mph.
Rebecca Duell, a forecaster at the weather service’s Anchorage office, said Monday that the current weather system is the first of two expected to produce high winds in Alaska, with a stronger one expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
“It’s looking like it has the potential to affect the city of Anchorage more, the Anchorage Bowl, with stronger winds,” Duell said.
The Thompson Pass area near Valdez is under a blizzard warning until 6 p.m. Monday, with 10 to 14 inches of snow forecast amid sustained winds up to 30 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph.
None of the above is nearly so bad as what's happening in the Lower 48, with blizzards, tornadoes, and massive flooding.
Please continue to pray for those in harm's way, and for the families of those who lost their lives from the horrible weather over the weekend.