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Another round of heavy snow is forecast for the Anchorage area Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The Anchorage School District announced late Sunday that schools will again shift to remote learning.
Mayor Dave Bronson closed municipal offices for the day. People Mover also suspended bus service for the day, and limited AnchorRides service to essential trips only. All state offices in Anchorage and Mat-Su are also closed.
As of about 9 a.m., the National Weather Service was reporting just over 7 1/2 inches of new snow at the agency’s Sand Lake offices, with more falling.
Just over 500 Chugach Electric Association members in Anchorage and Girdwood were without power as of 9 a.m. Almost 10,000 homes and businesses were without power in Mat-Su, according to Matanuska Electric Association. Nearly 800 were out in the Homer Electric Association service area.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Anchorage until noon Monday, with up to 9 inches of snow forecast for the city and up to 12 on the Anchorage and Eagle River hillsides, the weather service said. The forecast called for blowing snow and reduced visibility.
The school district announced Sunday evening that schools will again shift to remote learning because of the forecast and expected hazardous driving conditions. The district announced Monday morning that after-school activities and community rentals are also cancelled.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District also announced a shift to remote learning Monday for all schools except Glacier View, with a decision on high school activities also to be made by noon.
State courts in Anchorage and Palmer remained open on Monday, but anyone unable to make their hearings was asked to contact the court to see if there was a remote option available.
The Anchorage Health Department said all appointments set for Monday would be rescheduled.
A blizzard warning was issued for Whittier during the day Monday.
The new snowfall follows last week’s storm that buried the city with more than 2 ½ feet of snow and led to continuing difficulties plowing roads and streets.