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Black ice plus rain equals dangerous roads and sidewalks

  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: December 8, 2017
  • Published December 8, 2017

FILE – Glenn Highway near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. (ADN)

A winter weather advisory for Anchorage is in effect until noon Friday. The Glenn Highway is slick with rain, freezing rain and black ice. Anchorage police are urging drivers to slow down.

Conditions are particularly slick between Eklutna and Boniface exits on the Glenn.

"Give yourself extra time," police urged in an alert. "Might be a good idea to top off your windshield wiper fluid — it's messy out there."

Police also reported several crashes at 15th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway.

In downtown Anchorage, some sidewalks were so slick early Friday that it was hard to walk on them.

Some school buses were delayed Friday morning. Buses with chains just travel more slowly, said Catherine Esary, spokeswoman for Anchorage School District.

"Parents who have selected to receive messages get a text message when a bus is running late," she said in an email. "We appreciate the cooperation of parents in keeping all our children safe.

Rain and freezing rain are continuing to fall but should end by noon, the National Weather Service said. The advisory covers the Anchorage area from Eklutna down to Bird Creek.

Since midnight, 14 vehicle accidents had been reported to Anchorage police including three with injuries. Another five vehicles were in distress, according to police spokesman MJ Thim.

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