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In Fairbanks, when life gives you freezing rain, go ice skating

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: October 31, 2017
  • Published October 30, 2017

Freezing rain hit the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks Monday, creating icy and hazardous conditions on some roads – unless of course, you had ice skates.

At least one person decided to go for an afternoon skate, as seen in a video provided by Wes Ford. Ford took the video Monday afternoon on a side road off Badger Rd., between Fairbanks and North Pole, he said.

On Monday, rain and freezing rain fell in different areas across Fairbanks, while snow fell at higher elevations, said Ed Plumb, meterologist with the National Weather Service Fairbanks office.

"It's pretty unusual to be having rain this time of year," Plumb said.

While the conditions on main roads were fine, many of the dirt and gravel roads that were icy became even more slippery, Plumb said.

Also on Monday, Riki Johnson took this video of the streets in a residential neighborhood in Fairbanks showing just how slick the road was:

A winter weather advisory warning of snow, freezing rain and ice accumulation was in effect until midnight across the region.

A second statement from the National Weather Service warned of slick roads, parking lots and walkways on Tuesday as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing.

On Monday evening, dense fog had settled over town, Plumb said, reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile.

But the icy conditions are expected to be replaced with snow by the end of the week.

"Back to real winter and a snow pack," Plumb said.

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