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Police urge caution amid ‘icy conditions’ on Glenn Highway

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: February 6
  • Published February 6
Robert Wirth and Rafael Martinez shovel the fresh snowfall off the sidewalk along 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Workers with G2 construction Inc. install roofing material on the Staybridge Suites under construction in midtown Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The 4 story 154 room extended stay hotel is expected to by complete in the fall of 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Tong Vang blows snow off new cars for sale at BMW of Anchorage on 5th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Asotasi Faatauvaa shovels snow off of the sidewalk along 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

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.

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.