As storm moves on, isolated rain still possible

Updated, 9:30 a.m. Friday:

With the remnants of this week's rainstorm moving out of Anchorage, the National Weather Service predicts isolated showers in the area into Friday afternoon but no serious ice accumulation.

"I wouldn't anticipate anything more than a trace," said Mark Bryd, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service.

Pockets of rain or freezing rain are expected across Anchorage on Friday, with temperatures hovering in the mid- to upper 30s, Byrd said. That's warmer than the normal 25-degree high for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.

Though slippery conditions dizzied the city, tangled traffic and closed schools Thursday, schools in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Sustina Borough and Kenai Peninsula are open Friday.

Still, Anchorage police warn of ice-coated roads. They were responding to three "vehicles in distress" around 9:15 a.m. Friday, according to police spokeswoman Dani Myren. There have been six accidents and 14 vehicles in distress since midnight, she said.

"Even though school's back in session, it's still prudent to definitely be cautious," Myren said.

As for the weekend, Byrd said it may be foggy, but it also should be dry after showers diminish. Highs in the low to mid-30s are expected for Saturday and in the upper 20s to mid-30s Sunday.

"We can put this behind us, I think," Byrd said of the freezing rain.

-- Tegan Hanlon

Earlier story:

Schools in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and on the Kenai Peninsula are open Friday after freezing rain made a mess of roads in the region Thursday.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is also open.

Many streets and roads across Anchorage remain icy, especially side streets. The temperature has been right around freezing all morning, and the National Weather Service says showers and freezing rain are possible Friday morning. Some showers "could be briefly heavy as they move through the area," the weather service said.

All Anchorage schools, and most in the Mat-Su, were closed on Thursday.

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