‘Potent storm’ could bring over an inch of rain to some parts of Southcentral today

Rain puddles on Anchorage’s streets on July 8, 2020. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)

An unusual weather pattern is setting up a “potent storm” Wednesday in Southcentral Alaska, according to the National Weather Service. 

The weather service put out an an advisory at 5:24 a.m. warning of heavy rain from the Anchorage Hillside to the northern Kenai Peninsula, with moderate rain around Anchorage and the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys. 

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Some areas along the Seward Highway could get more than one inch of rain. The storm will likely bring localized “ponding” on roadways and a rapid rise in rivers and streams, according to the weather service. Most areas will see between half an inch and one inch of rain. 

The weather service is warning drivers to slow down because of the potential for reduced visibility.

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Lex Treinen covers culture, homelessness, politics and corrections for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at ltreinen@alaskapublic.org.

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