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Slick roads lead to dicey morning commute in Anchorage and Mat-Su

Aurora Towing operator Roderick Gawreluk pulls a car off the guardrail on the Glenn Highway near Mirror Lake early Wednesday morning. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Light snow re-freezing on roads early Wednesday made for a slick morning commute on the Glenn Highway, with Anchorage-bound traffic near Chugiak briefly restricted to one lane, authorities said.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday warning of "slick" driving conditions expected to persist until the late morning.

The statement applied to the Anchorage area and communities along the Glenn Highway stretching through Chickaloon, along the Matanuska River.

Police issued a statement at 6 a.m. saying that Anchorage-bound traffic was limited to one lane at Mirror Lake, near Chugiak, and that drivers should "use caution due to icy road conditions."

Police spokesman MJ Thim said a minor accident had caused the closure. All lanes have since been reopened.

"Our message is, if you're headed into Anchorage from the Valley or Eklutna or Eagle River, take a deep breath and arrive alive at your destination," Thim said.

Thim also urged drivers not to drive on the shoulder.

Traffic is backed up inbound on the Glenn Highway at the Knik River bridge at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday. (Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)

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