The National Weather Service in Juneau says its flood watch for Juneau, Skagway and Sitka remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon.
This weekend’s rain event is the result of an atmospheric river — a long, fat column of moisture aloft that looks a lot like a river in satellite imagery.
The National Weather Service expects heavy rain again on Friday night — about the same time as the outdoor Ironman Alaska opening ceremony.
The rising water level will bring more debris and much colder water. “So, if you were to perhaps fall in the river, there would be more risk of hypothermia,” said Nicole Ferrin of the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Friday — up to 6 inches of snow are expected to fall throughout the day and may affect traffic.
“There could even be an hour or two of freezing rain and then heavy rain through the morning, so it’s going to make conditions very messy,” says meteorologist Nicole Ferrin.