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Snow expected to continue falling on Anchorage area through Tuesday morning

Lisa Demer
Field maintenance crews clear snow from tarmac as a Boeing Dreamlifter cargo jet sits parked Monday March 25, 2013 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
An already snowy April got worse Tuesday morning, April 23, when moderately heavy snow began falling across Anchorage. The weather service predicts just an inch of accumulation at lower elevations, but the Hillside can expect up to 4 inches.
ERIK HILL
A moose ignores the snow to munch on pussy willow branches along Pt. Woronzof Road Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
While waiting for a dump truck to return for another load of snow, the operator of a municipal loader mounted snow blower tidies up Juneau Street Wednesday afternoon April 10, 2013 in Fairview.
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
While waiting for a dump truck to return for another load of snow, the operator of a municipal loader mounted snow blower tidies up Juneau Street Wednesday afternoon April 10, 2013 in Fairview.
Erik Hill
Field maintenance crews clear snow from tarmac as a Boeing Dreamlifter cargo jet sits parked Monday March 25, 2013 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
Paul Skof works on clearing his driveway following an overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 in Airport Heights. "It happens every April," he said. "You gotta expect it. At least it was light, fluffy snow! When you have a day like this after a snowfall, it's hard to complain. We live in Alaska!"
Erik Hill
Fr. Leo Walsh brushes snow off a friend's plane before moving on to his own at Lake Hood Seaplane Base Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage. "You've got to get it while it's dry," he said of the snow.
Erik Hill
Paul Skof works on clearing his driveway following an overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 in Airport Heights. "It happens every April," he said. "You gotta expect it. At least it was light, fluffy snow! When you have a day like this after a snowfall, it's hard to complain. We live in Alaska!"
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Jake Kuipers, front, and David Zaloudek of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department groom the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail following overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 near Pt. Woronzof.
Erik Hill
Pedestrians walk down a sidewalk along 5th Avenue in Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Jake Kuipers, front, and David Zaloudek of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department groom the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail following overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 near Pt. Woronzof.
Erik Hill
Fr. Leo Walsh brushes snow off a friend's plane before moving on to his own at Lake Hood Seaplane Base Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage. "You've got to get it while it's dry," he said of the snow.
Erik Hill
The Chugach Mountains disappear from view as clouds descend on east Anchorage following an overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 in a view from the Postmark Drive pullout.
Erik Hill
Lance Warnick shovels a sidewalk at 501 W 9th Avenue during a spring snowstorm in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
The Chugach Mountains disappear from view as clouds descend on east Anchorage following an overnight snowfall Tuesday April 9, 2013 in a view from the Postmark Drive pullout.
Erik Hill
Pedestrians walk down a sidewalk along 5th Avenue in Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Light, fluffy snow rests atop aircraft following overnight snowfall Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Light, fluffy snow rests atop aircraft following overnight snowfall Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Erik Hill
Lance Warnick shovels a sidewalk at 501 W 9th Avenue during a spring snowstorm in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Overnight snow sticks to yard ornaments Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 in Airport Heights.
Erik Hill
David Post works to clear his driveway as snow continues to fall along McKenzie Drive Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Overnight snow sticks to yard ornaments Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 in Airport Heights.
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Overnight snow accumulates on yard decor Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 on Columbine Street in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Melissa Fisher waits at a bus stop along DeBarr Road during the spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Overnight snow accumulates on yard decor Tuesday morning April 9, 2013 on Columbine Street in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
David Post works to clear his driveway as snow continues to fall along McKenzie Drive Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Larry Gill clears snow at his West Anchorage home on Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says Anchorage could see another inch or two of snow today and tonight before the current weather system passes out of the area. Commenters on the NWS Facebook page reported snow totals of 10 to 20 inches in the Anchorage area from Monday's storm.
ERIK HILL
A pedestrian crosses Sixth Avenue in a snowstorm Monday afternoon April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A pedestrian crosses 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Larry Gill clears snow at his West Anchorage home on Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says Anchorage could see another inch or two of snow today and tonight before the current weather system passes out of the area. Commenters on the NWS Facebook page reported snow totals of 10 to 20 inches in the Anchorage area from Monday's storm.
ERIK HILL
Melissa Fisher waits at a bus stop along DeBarr Road during the spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Christopher Hafner of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership clears a sidewalk along Fifth Avenue near B Street while working with a crew Monday April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
Melissa Fisher waits at a bus stop along DeBarr Road during the spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
A pedestrian crosses Sixth Avenue in a snowstorm Monday afternoon April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A pedestrian crosses 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Michael Anderson ignores the snowfall while manning the grill at his M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs Monday April 8, 2013 on Fourth Avenue downtown.
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Christopher Hafner of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership clears a sidewalk along Fifth Avenue near B Street while working with a crew Monday April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
Melissa Fisher waits at a bus stop along DeBarr Road during the spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Yet another spring snow storm hits Anchorage, affecting motorists on A Street and elsewhere Monday April 8, 2013.
Erik Hill
Pedestrians cross E Street at 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Michael Anderson ignores the snowfall while manning the grill at his M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs Monday April 8, 2013 on Fourth Avenue downtown.
Erik Hill
City street maintenance graders remove snow along 9th Avenue in Anchorage on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Pedestrians mince across Fifth Avenue at D and E Streets during another spring snowfall Monday afternoon April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A bicyclist rides along E Street in Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Yet another spring snow storm hits Anchorage, affecting motorists on A Street and elsewhere Monday April 8, 2013.
Erik Hill
Pedestrians cross E Street at 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Icicles stretch downward off an awning during another spring snow storm Monday April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
Pedestrians mince across Fifth Avenue at D and E Streets during another spring snowfall Monday afternoon April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A bicyclist rides along E Street in Anchorage during a spring snowstorm on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013.
Bill Roth
Johnny Thao of Urban Hot Dog, foreground, and Michael Anderson of M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs operate their businesses in a snowfall Monday April 8, 2013 on Fourth Avenue downtown.
Erik Hill
Icicles stretch downward off an awning during another spring snow storm Monday April 8, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
An already snowy April got worse Tuesday morning, April 23, when moderately heavy snow began falling across Anchorage. The weather service predicts just an inch of accumulation at lower elevations, but the Hillside can expect up to 4 inches.
ERIK HILL
A moose ignores the snow to munch on pussy willow branches along Pt. Woronzof Road Monday afternoon March 25, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An already snowy April got worse Tuesday morning, April 23, when moderately heavy snow began falling across Anchorage. The weather service predicts just an inch of accumulation at lower elevations, but the Hillside can expect up to 4 inches.
ERIK HILL
Johnny Thao of Urban Hot Dog, foreground, and Michael Anderson of M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs operate their businesses in a snowfall Monday April 8, 2013 on Fourth Avenue downtown.
Erik Hill
An already snowy April got worse Tuesday morning, April 23, when moderately heavy snow began falling across Anchorage. The weather service predicts just an inch of accumulation at lower elevations, but the Hillside can expect up to 4 inches.
ERIK HILL

Update, 7:20 p.m. Monday:

Snow is expected to continue falling overnight in Anchorage and the Mat-Su, with between 3 and 8 inches of additional accumulation in the city before it begins tapering off Tuesday. Heaviest accumulations are expected along the Hillside.

Snow advisories have been posted by the National Weather Service for Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley, and parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

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Original story:

Just as Anchorage is digging out from Saturday's record snowfall, forecasters are predicting another big storm has arrived.

This storm is expected to deposit 9 to 15  inches of fresh snow, on top of the 6 to 10 inches that accumulated Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

"The way it's looking right now, it's going to be pretty messy by the late afternoon rush hour," said meteorologist Jason Ahsenmacher.

Light snow is expected through the morning but it is predicted to get heavy by afternoon, he said. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory extending from 8 a.m. Monday to noon Tuesday. But light snow may continue until Wednesday, Ahsenmacher said.

As the snow began late Friday, it initially melted on the roads, then froze overnight as fluffy new snow fell, making for deceptively slick driving conditions, he said.

In the 24-hour period that ended midnight Saturday, Anchorage police counted 193 wrecks without injuries, 18 crashes with injuries, 20 hit-and-run wrecks and 56 vehicles in distress -- those that slid off the road or got stuck but didn't hit another car. After several crashes on the Glenn Highway, police began diverting traffic through Eagle River until road sanders could make a pass, according to police.

On Sunday, as snow was falling farther north, troopers reported a double-fatality crash near Mile 187 of the Parks Highway. Two trucks pulling trailers and heading in opposite directions crashed in the center of the road after one veered slightly over the center line, troopers said.

The 6.2 inches of snowfall measured Saturday at the National Weather Service office on Sand Lake Road topped the prior record of 4.6 inches for April 6, set back in 1949. The Hilltop ski area got an estimated 10 inches, while Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson saw just 4 inches, though that measurement was as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday with snow still falling.

As of Sunday afternoon, the official Anchorage snowfall this winter measured 84.1 inches, which is more than a foot above average, Ahsenmacher said.

The coming storm is expected to center on Anchorage but reach north as far as Talkeetna and south onto the Kenai Peninsula.

 

Reach Lisa Demer at ldemer@adn.com or 257-4390.

 

 

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