Anchorage School District declares remote learning day as snow makes for hazardous driving

The Anchorage School District declared a remote-learning day Monday after fresh snow Sunday and overnight made driving conditions hazardous.

The district said all Monday after-school activities including games, practices, and performances, would also canceled.

This is the first remote learning day for the district since students lost seven instructional days after major snowstorms in December. That loss led the district to extend the school day by half an hour for several weeks. District officials also decided at the time that students would use remote learning days — with plans varying by school — instead of snow days for the remainder of the school year.

Several inches of fresh, blowing snow on top of snowfall from earlier in the weekend made for hazardous driving in the Anchorage area on Sunday evening.

A bulletin from the National Weather Service Sunday afternoon said 4 inches to 8 inches of additional accumulation was expected, with the heaviest snowfall along the Hillside, in East Anchorage and Eagle River.

By early evening, driving was a challenge around the city, with slick roadways, snow piling up on many roads and blowing snow.