Snow is cleared from the road during the start of another major snowfall on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 outside of The Peninsula Clarion offices in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow is cleared from the road during the start of another major snowfall on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 outside of The Peninsula Clarion offices in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Frigid air to return after snowy respite

A long-term forecast — describing conditions for Thursday through Sunday — says the cold will be sticking around

After snowfall made for a warmer Monday, the National Weather Service forecasts a return to clear skies and subzero temperatures through most of the week, capped off with another — relatively — warm weekend.

The Kenai Peninsula saw “several inches of snowfall” Sunday and Monday, the service wrote. With that snowfall, temperatures jumped from as low as -20 degrees, seen on Saturday, to 12 degrees at around 2 p.m. Monday. Temperatures are forecast to fall right back down, however, with the service’s forecast describing temperatures of -20 in Soldotna and -17 in Kenai on Wednesday.

A long-term forecast — describing conditions for Thursday through Sunday — says the cold will be sticking around.

“With the cold air shifting east, expect another round of temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal with dry conditions across southern mainland Alaska for the end of the workweek,” the forecast reads.

By the weekend, snow may return and again lift the temperature, but the service notes specific timing is difficult to pin down so far in advance. Precipitation is expected to arrive on the Kenai Peninsula by Saturday and continue through the weekend — when temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 22 degrees in both Kenai and Soldotna.

For updated weather forecasts and warnings, visit weather.gov/afc.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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