Record temps, high winds hit Anchorage and Eagle River
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Turnagain Arm, Anchorage and Eagle River through 6 p.m. Monday as a warm winter storm brought record temperatures and high wind gusts to the area.
The highest winds were expected Monday evening, according to the alert issued at 3:22 a.m. Monday.
According to the alert, wind gusts as high as 90 MPH could hit higher elevations, with sustained southeast winds 45 to 65 MPH. Temperatures Monday were in the low 40s across the area as the storm brought strong, warm winds and rain that forced school cancellations in the Anchorage School District.
Anchorage set a new record Sunday morning at around 1:30 a.m. when overnight temperatures warmed to 46 degrees above zero at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The average high temperature for this time of year is 25 degrees. The previous record of 45 degrees was set in 2006.
At 7:30 a.m. Monday, the temperature at the airport was reportedly 43 degrees.