The season's first snow greeted people downtown Wednesday, Nov. 10. Later that morning, forecasters at the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting that two to four inches of snow could fall on the capital city starting late Thursday night and into Friday morning. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire)

Low-pressure system likely to bring snow to Juneau

That escalated quickly.

It’s time to dig out the snow shovel.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service have issued a winter weather advisory and say that 2-4 inches of snow could fall on the capital city starting late Thursday night and into Friday morning.

According to Greg Spann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in the Juneau office, residents can expect to wake up to snowy conditions Friday thanks to a band of precipitation powered by a low in the Gulf of Alaska that’s making its way north.

[An abbreviated cruise season by the numbers]

Spann said most of the snow would fall in the Northern Panhandle and primarily in Juneau in a Wednesday afternoon phone interview. He said the heaviest snow would fall during the overnight hours.

“A temperature swing of a few degrees could make a massive difference,” Spann said, explaining that slightly warmer temperatures could yield more rain, but falling mercury could mean more of the white stuff.

“If it gets colder, snow totals could be significantly higher,” Spann said, cautioning that it’s still too early to tell for sure how much snow could fall in that scenario.

Downtown and Douglas residents can also expect gale-force winds. Spann said winds wouldn’t be as strong in the Mendenhall Valley.

[Pausing to remember]

Spann suggested allowing extra commute time Friday morning and exercising caution on slick roads and sidewalks.

“We are in the part of the year without a lot of daylight, in the transition between autumn and winter,” Spann said. “Use caution and remember some places will be slippery, even if it doesn’t look like it.”

Spann said that current forecasts show clearing skies starting Sunday and potentially lasting through Tuesday.

“The downside of clear skies is chilly temperatures,” he said.

• Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at dana.zigmund@juneauempire.com or 907-308-4891.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of May 18

Here’s what to expect this week.

The entrance road to Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file photo)
Bartlett Regional Hospital looking at eliminating or trimming six ‘non-core’ programs to stabilize finances

Rainforest Recovery Center, autism therapy, crisis stabilization, hospice among programs targeted.

A king salmon. (Ryan Hagerty/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Biden administration advances bid to list Gulf of Alaska king salmon as endangered or threatened

Experts say request could restrict activity affecting river habitats such as road, home construction

Mayor Beth Weldon (left), Deputy Mayor Michelle Bonnet Hale and Juneau Assembly member Paul Kelly discussion proposals for next year’s mill rate during an Assembly Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday night. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Assembly members support lower 10.04 mill rate ahead of final vote on next year’s CBJ budget

Initial proposal called for raising current rate of 10.16 mills to 10.32 mills.

Dave Scanlan, general manager of Eaglecrest Ski Area, speaks to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on April 13, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Dave Scanlan forced out as Eaglecrest’s general manager, says decision ‘came as a complete shock to me’

Resort’s leader for past 7 years says board seeking a “more office-process, paper-oriented” manager.

The entrance to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s Anchorage office is seen on Aug. 11, 2023. The state-owned AGDC is pushing for a massive project that would ship natural gas south from the North Slope, liquefy it and send it on tankers from Cook Inlet to Asian markets. The AGDC proposal is among many that have been raised since the 1970s to try commercialize the North Slope’s stranded natural gas. (Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Eight young Alaskans sue to block proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline

Plaintiffs cite climate change that harms their access to fish, wildlife and natural resources.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Tuesday, May 21, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

A Shell station in Anchorage. (Nathaniel Herz/Northern Journal)
Shell abandons North Slope oil leases, raising questions about the industry’s future in Alaska

Experts say some of the state’s hard-to-tap oil prospects are becoming less attractive.

Most Read