Snow and wind on the way

Up to 8 inches with wind up to 30 mph

The National Weather Service this morning issued a winter weather advisory for the Western Kenai Peninsula calling for snow and wind starting early this afternoon.

Under winds between 15 and 30 miles per hour up to 8 inches of snow will fall, according to the advisory. Snowfall could be heavy at times.

Temperatures are expected to range between the low 20s and low 30s, depending on location and geography. 

With the strongest winds expected near Cook Inlet forecasters expect visibility to drop to 800 meters at times.

Strong winds are expected through Friday morning.

The low pressure system expected to bring the snow is moving in from the Aleutian Islands and is expect to center itself over the Kenai Peninsula spinning warm air into Anchorage along with a period of rain on Friday morning, following several inches of snowfall there. 

All precipitation will return to snow by Friday evening, according to a NWS online forecast discussion. In the same discussion, forecasters write that a low pressure system will move from the North Pacific Ocean skirting the Aleutians to the south bringing an increased chance of more snowfall over the weekend. 

Forecaster say an "active weather pattern" will continue in the long term.

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