Rainstorm followed by cold blast turns Anchorage into an ice rink

It’s another beautiful, but terribly cold day in Kitsap County. I suppose the term “terribly cold” is all relative (which you will see in a moment), but this kind of weather is definitely not considered normal. To illustrate this point, let’s look at a snapshot of temperatures from 10:15 pm last night to 9:35 am this morning:

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If you’re from North Dakota or Minnesota, you might think I’m demonstrating a heatwave, but in all reality this 12 hour stretch of temperatures in the upper teens to low 20s is impressive for the Seattle area. And you know what made it feel a little colder? Look how high the humidity was! Brrr…at least the wind wasn’t raging.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to assume all of you are enjoying this rare January sunshine. I sure hope you like it, because for the next 7 days or so skies will remain partly to mostly sunny with highs gradually making it into the low to mid 40s. Low temperatures will also slowly moderate to the low and mid 30s.

Now, if you think it’s been cold here, wait until you see some impressive pictures from Alaska’s most recent dramatic weather event. A warm, rainy system plowed through Anchorage on Monday, causing areas of flooding due to rapidly melting snow. What was interesting about this situation, however, is that it only took a matter of days before the snow came back and the roads iced up. Here are the results!

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See, Anchorage seems to have caught on to our winter time patterns, except in reverse. Instead of going from snow to rain like us in Western Washington, they go from rain to snow. Pretty impressive (and dangerous!) patterns follow rain to snow events!

So there you have it. We are cold around here, but not THAT cold 😉

Have a great day everyone,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

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