Freezing rain ices streets for morning commuters; wind warning for Hillside, Turnagain Arm

Tegan Hanlon

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Police have diverted northbound Seward Highway traffic at Fireweed Lane after six tractor trailers got stuck going northbound up the icy hill on Ingra Street approaching 15th Avenue, according to a police spokeswoman. 

The right lane on Ingra Street is blocked and drivers are advised to avoid the area, said Anita Shell, police spokeswoman.

Police have responded to 20 vehicles in distress, three accidents and one injury accident since midnight, she said.  

Rain falling on the Anchorage area this morning has only made road and sidewalk conditions more slick, according to forecasters with National Weather Service. 

“You know how it is when you have the ice and then you throw water on top of it,” said Dave Stricklan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. 

A freezing rain advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. 

Forecasters have slightly downgraded wind gusts headed for the Anchorage area Friday from 95 mph to  70 to 85 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect until 9 p.m. for the Turnagain Arm and higher Anchorage elevations. 

Temperatures should hover in the 30s in most of the city but may get up to the lower 40s along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.

Anchorage Daily News