Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Do not under any circumstances store your snow shovels and snow blowers for the winter.
Meteorologist Wes Adkins in the Juneau Forecast Office says that's because a significant winter storm is headed this way this weekend.
A winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. Adkins says the area is likely to see anywhere from 7 to 20 inches of new snow and there's potential for a bit more.
And then it's going to rain on top of all that snow starting Monday, according to the forecaster. He said the time to prepare for all of the rain and all of the additional load on rooftops is now.
In addition, there will be wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.
Meanwhile it was very cold Thursday, probably the coldest in twenty years, according to Adkins. The low at the Juneau Forecast Office on Back Loop Road was 18 below zero. It hit minus eight at the airport. It was in single digits downtown and in Douglas.
In an unusual development, the weather service plans to host a webinar Friday to provide an opportunity for its partners to hear details on the latest forecast and ask forecasters any questions they may have.
In addition to Juneau, the winter storm watch is in effect for the northeast Gulf Coast, Glacier Bay, Misty Fjords, the eastern Gulf Coast, and portions of the central inner channels including Hoonah, Tenakee Springs, Gustavus, Yakutat, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Hyder.