Anchorage under winter storm watch starting Sunday

A boy shovels snow in the driveway as snow falls.
Airport Heights resident, Dante Light, shovels snow after school on Tuesday, Dec. 6, soon after the start of a record snowstorm. (Valerie Kern/Alaska Public Media)

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Anchorage, and much of Southcentral Alaska, starting Sunday.

The Anchorage-area winter storm watch is in effect from 3 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday. The weather service is calling for 10 to 14 inches of snow for much of the Anchorage area. The most snow is expected to fall on the Hillside and in Eagle River, with a forecasted 14 to 18 inches.

The forecast says light snow will begin Sunday morning across much of the Anchorage Bowl. The heaviest snow is expected to fall late Sunday night and through Monday.

“Travel could be very difficult,” says the weather service. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.”

The incoming storm follows a record December snowstorm that hit Anchorage on Tuesday and continued into Wednesday, dropping more than 2 feet of snow in some parts of town. Road crews on Friday were still scrambling to clear streets. Anchorage schools closed for three straight days, and district officials say they’re aiming to make a call by 5:30 a.m. Monday on whether schools will be closed again.

The Mat-Su area and the Kenai Peninsula are also under a storm watch through Monday. The weather service is calling for 9 to 18 inches of snow on the western Kenai Peninsula and 10 to 15 inches in the Mat-Su area.

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