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Police urge caution amid ‘icy conditions’ on Glenn Highway

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: February 6
  • Published February 6

Several inches of snow blanketed Anchorage on Tuesday, with the most accumulation on the west side of the city — which already had 3.1 inches of new snow by 10 a.m.

"We're still snowing for a bit so there will be additional accumulation, but not much," Michael Kutz, an Anchorage-based National Weather Service meteorologist, said Tuesday morning.

As of about 4 p.m., there was just over 3 1/2 inches of snow at National Weather Service offices south of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. But flakes were just starting to fall in upper Potter Valley, Kutz said Tuesday afternoon. Eagle River only got about a quarter-inch of snow. Much of the more significant accumulation targeted the Kenai Peninsula, Kutz said.

Anchorage police issued a warning of "hazardous icy conditions" on the Glenn Highway around 3 p.m. Tuesday and urged drivers to use caution, especially during the evening rush hour.

The forecast calls for isolated snow showers tonight. High temperatures may reach into the lower 30s, with lows around 15 degrees.

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Kutz said Kenai had recorded 4.5 inches of new snow by Tuesday morning, Anchor Point had 6.5 inches, the Homer area had 7 inches and the Seward area had 2 inches. Some higher elevations saw at least 13 inches of snow, he said.

Farther north, the Palmer and Wasilla area could also see up to 1 inch of snow Tuesday, the weather service said.

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