Icy roads reported as Anchorage’s first big snowfall of the season begins

The first big snowfall of the season began in the Anchorage area early Monday, and police were reporting especially icy roads in South Anchorage and on the Hillside

The Anchorage Bowl can expect 2 to 6 inches of snow Monday, with up to a foot on the Hillside and other higher elevations, National Weather Service forecasters said in a winter weather advisory.

Areas northeast of the city, including the Glenn Highway corridor, could see 5 to 8 inches of snow.

Snow is expected continue into Monday evening.

"Plan on slippery road conditions" and reduced visibility while driving, the NWS said.

After the snowstorm, the weather will likely stay cold — or at least colder than the unseasonably warm October the Anchorage area has been experiencing, said meteorologist Jason Ahsenmacher.

"For people who like snow, it's not going to instantaneously melt," he said.

Michelle Theriault Boots

Michelle Theriault Boots is a longtime reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. She focuses on in-depth stories about the intersection of public policy and Alaskans' lives. Before joining the ADN in 2012, she worked at daily newspapers up and down the West Coast and earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon.