Update 5:30 a.m. Monday:
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District declared Monday a remote learning day for all schools except Glacier View, Su Valley Jr/Sr High, Talkeetna Elementary, Trapper Creek Elementary and Willow Elementary due to ice covered roads. The district said an update on after-school activities will be made at noon.
Freezing rain and snow were forecast in Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna from Sunday evening through Monday morning.
The Anchorage Bowl was expected to see total snow accumulations of up to an inch, according to the National Weather Service.
An ice glaze was also expected across Anchorage. Some parts of town could see ice accumulation to about three-hundredths of an inch, “just enough to kind of coat vehicles and make the roadways a little slick,” Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Markle said.
“We are looking for light accumulation,” Markle said. But “it doesn’t take a lot of frozen precipitation to potentially cause hazardous driving conditions,” he added.
📢A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Anchorage and the Western Kenai Peninsula.— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) January 29, 2023
⚠ Snow and Freezing Rain are expected.
ℹ For the latest forecast information, check https://t.co/Yepna49IQs #AKwx pic.twitter.com/Z2EVSxkDqf
By 5 p.m. Sunday, forecasters reported freezing rain in the Muldoon area and in Northeast Anchorage, Markle said. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the West side of town were reporting some snow that changed into sleet and freezing rain, he said. Residents also saw some snow when going towards Glenn Alps.
“There are some places that are reporting some freezing rain, some snow. There are other places that are not reporting anything yet,” he said. “The precipitation type is probably going to go back and forth, just depending on the temperature and just the intensity of the precipitation.”
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reported black ice, snow and slush making multiple roads — including Glenn Highway — wet and icy.
Anchorage police reported around 4:30 p.m. a multi-vehicle crash on the inbound lanes of the Glenn Highway near Arctic Valley, which led to the closures of the two lanes at Ship Creek.
APD has responded to a multi-vehicle crash on the inbound side of the Glenn Highway near Arctic Valley. The left two lanes at Ship Creek have been closed, please merge to the right.— Anchorage Police Department (@AnchoragePolice) January 30, 2023
The weather system was expected to move further up north, bringing by Monday mixed precipitation to the Matanuska Valley, especially around Willow, Big Lake and Wasilla, according to the forecast.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Matanuska Valley due to freezing rain and drizzle expected this evening and overnight. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is expected. Please visit https://t.co/RLCzOj8hht for more information. #AKWx #Ice pic.twitter.com/G6GSES0jPw— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) January 30, 2023
Temperatures were expected to stay below freezing overnight, with ice potentially remaining through the Monday morning commute, the forecasters said.