Power outages possible as strong winds hit Anchorage starting Monday afternoon

Feb. 12—Forecasters expect winds strong enough to cause power outages and damage to start Monday afternoon in Anchorage as warmer temperatures continue.

The strongest gusts are expected at upper elevations, according to a wind warning issued early Monday by the National Weather Service. The Anchorage Hillside could experience southeast winds from 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph, meteorologists say.

The warning goes into effect at noon and extends until noon Tuesday.

Strong southeasterly winds are also expected to move over the Anchorage Bowl late this afternoon and continue into Tuesday morning at lower elevations, according to the weather service. South and West Anchorage could see gusts to 45 mph.

Winds over the Bowl and at higher elevations are expected to peak between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Accompanying the gusty winds, temperatures are expected to remain above normal in the 30s for Anchorage and Mat-Su for much of the week.

The thaw comes after an extended cold snap into this month that tested Cook Inlet natural gas supplies. Frigid temperatures prompted municipal officials to declare an emergency cold weather shelter order set to expire this week.