More snow followed by "atmospheric river" bringing lots of rain forecast for Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There's lots of exciting weather headed our way. A winter weather advisory is in effect for Wednesday which calls for 3 to 6 inches of new snow. And then an atmospheric river is possible which involves 4 to 5 inches of rain beginning Thursday night and continuing into Sunday with the heaviest amounts coming Friday and Saturday.

    That's the word from We asked Meteorologist Wes Adkins at the Juneau Forecast Office.  He said the atmospheric river comes from the sub-tropics which happens frequently in winter depending on their stability, their power, and their duration.  "They can kind of wreak havoc on us cause they generally bring in a lot of warmer air and this includes going up into the higher elevations so they can kind of promote snow to melt along with a lot of heavy rain," he says.

    Snow levels are forecast to rise to 3,000 to 4,000 feet.  Adkins says the heavy rain along with a melting mountain snowpack will increase the risk of minor flooding.


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