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Weather watchers prep for snow

Snow and wind event expected, with heavy precipitation predicted to begin Wednesday

Posted: November 19, 2013 - 1:23pm  |  Updated: November 20, 2013 - 1:05am
William Horton-Garrison walks with his mother, Lina Garrison, on Egan Drive as snow begins to fall along Gastineau Channel Tuesday.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
William Horton-Garrison walks with his mother, Lina Garrison, on Egan Drive as snow begins to fall along Gastineau Channel Tuesday.

They don’t yet know when it’s going to come down or how intensely, but weather forecasters say Juneau is in for a big snow and wind event soon.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service's Juneau Forecast Office are working hard this week to “get ahead of the weather” and come up with an accurate seven-day forecast so Southeast residents can prep for the white stuff, said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joel Curtis.

Curtis said Tuesday he will likely be “staying after school” to interpret data for the forecast. An update was provided online for the public Tuesday evening. It can be found at weather.gov/juneau.

In the meantime, Curtis said it’s safe to say a “coastal wind event” will take effect Friday. Juneau had a high wind warning out earlier this week as winds blew up to 55 miles per hour.

Curtis said all of Southeast can expect snow. As of Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service states Juneau has potential for heavy snow and rain beginning Wednesday night.

“We’ve got arctic air over us right now and when you switch that out, you just about always have to have one good snow event because warm air gets in,” Curtis said. “And not only that, but the storm that’s bringing that up is going to give you some wind somewhere.”

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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