Juneau has a cold, dry…and windy weekend ahead

The popular downtown Overstreet Park is covered in snow on Dec. 22, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

Saturday and Sunday aren’t expected to get above freezing, and that’s unusual for this time of year. 

According to Brian Caffrey with the National Weather Service in Juneau, high pressure systems like the one headed into the region this weekend typically come in mid-winter. 

“It’s not unusual for Southeast Alaska to see these cold temperatures. It’s just usually in January or February when we typically have snow on the ground,” he said. 

The front is coming from the north, and could bring 30 to 40 miles per hour winds, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

“We just have an unusually strong high pressure building over Interior Alaska and Yukon, which is pushing the Arctic air through the region,” Caffrey said.

There’s a high wind warning in effect for downtown Juneau for Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service office warns that damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines and that widespread power outages are possible.

Lows may be between 14 and 17 degrees, and highs may be 25 to 27 degrees, but no rain or snow is in the forecast. 

Caffrey recommends making sure household pipes are insulated to prevent bursting, and says there may be some slick roads with the low temperatures.

Yvonne Krumrey

Local News Reporter, KTOO

Juneau is built on hidden and assumed layers of power and access, influencing how we interact with identity, with the law and with each other. I bring you stories of the gaps in access to power, and those who are working to close those gaps.

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