Snow is in the forecast as city recovers from quake

Winds barreled into the Anchorage region on Saturday, adding a little more stress for a city still recovering from a major earthquake.

“This is one of those weekends, boy. Stay home and stream Netflix,” said Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick in a news conference Saturday.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts into Saturday evening would be 40 and 45 mph in the Anchorage Bowl and up to 60 mph on the Hillside. Hettrick urged residents to secure belongings and watch out for falling tree limbs.

Winds were calming in most areas of Anchorage by Sunday morning, but a winter weather advisory was issued for Anchorage, saying light rain Sunday evening would turn to snow around 9 p.m. Forecasters were predicting between 3 and 6 inches of snow to accumulate, “with highest amounts (in) east Anchorage and along the mountains.”

Most of the snow is expected to fall overnight and wrap up by the Monday morning rush hour, Anchorage police said in a statement. Officials said city crews were prepared to deal with it.

Louise Fode, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said drivers should take extra caution on top of the usual snow-driving concerns.

“People are on edge anyway because of what happened in the earthquake,” Fode said. “Take extra time. This is not a usual situation. Please be safe.”


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Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly was an ADN staff reporter.