Winter storm bringing heavy snow, hazardous driving conditions through Alaska Range

Rainy Bike Ride

A bicyclist braves the rain while pedaling along the Farmers Loop Road bike path near Ballaine Lake Thursday afternoon, October 3, 2019.

A winter storm is bringing heavy snow, slush and hazardous driving conditions along the Alaska Range south and east of Fairbanks.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday from Salcha south to Paxson along the Richardson Highway and eastward along the Alaska Highway. Heavy snowfall will make travel "difficult or impossible," according to the National Weather Service. From 3 to 9 inches of snow are expected.

Freezing rain mixed with snow is expected in the Tok and Fortymile areas, turning to all snow tonight. From 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected by Saturday morning. 

Snow is also falling on the Parks Highway, with very difficult conditions reported from Broad Pass at Mile 201 south to Talkeetna. Snow is continuing from Nenana to the Denali Park area with an additional 3 inches of snow expected above 1500 feet. 

Very difficult conditions are reported between Miles 194-163, south of Broad Pass. The Alaska Department of Transportation reports heavy snow and slush, with ice on bridges and overpasses. Chains are recommended.

Rain is expected throughout the day in Fairbanks, turning to snow after midnight. About a half-inch of snow could accumulate before skies clear this weekend and temperatures drop below freezing.

About 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected on the Steese Highway summits and Central. Slippery driving conditions are reported.

Check the latest road conditions at 511.alaska.gov.