I live in Anchorage too, but no longer commute to work.
I wear wool tights with wind panels on the front and boots since my feet get cold easy. There are lots of different jackets which work well. When it gets really cold, -10 or so, many riders wear neoprene face masks and a mono-mitten thingy which is attached to the handle bars and you insert your hands into... I can't remember what they're called.
It doesn't rain here often in the winter, but when it does... watch out! The streets are turned into luges which tend not to thaw for a couple of weeks. Even with studded tires I've taken a couple of nasty falls. The good thing about it not thawing often, is that there is almost never any slush... it's always either ice, or snow.
I got the best winter riding tips ever from winter riders who work at Chain Reaction in Anchorage. The Bicycle Shop at the Huffman business park also has riders who ride all winter. They got us both, DH and I, set up with advice and winter riding gear... you can decide how much you can afford and which items should be a priority.
Edited by: CAROLYN1ALASKA at: 9/8/2013 (18:05)
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