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Rain creates ‘hazardous driving conditions’ around Anchorage

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 13
  • Published January 13

Drivers were urged to use caution as light rain and freezing rain created "hazardous driving conditions" around the Anchorage Bowl on Saturday.

The conditions compelled the National Weather Service in Anchorage to issue a winter weather advisory, which was in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

"Ice accumulations of one tenth of an inch is expected on road surfaces," the weather service said in an alert.

Amid freezing rain and black ice, multiple car crashes occurred on the Seward and Glenn highways, the Anchorage Police Department said in multiple alerts.

As of 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage police had responded to 28 crashes, including five with injuries, a police dispatch supervisor said. Another 22 vehicles in distress were reported — often a car stuck in a ditch or otherwise in need of assistance.

Police warned of worsening road conditions Saturday evening, and asked people to use care and drive at slower speeds.

For the latest updates on road conditions, visit 511.alaska.gov or call 511.

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