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Eagle Summit reopened; travel not advised after 5 p.m.

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 11:52 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Update: 2:50 p.m. Friday The Steese Highway has been reopened between 101-116 Mile. Winds of 20-25 mph are still affecting the area and drivers can expect to encounter blowing and drifting snow. Travel is not advised after 5 p.m. when crews end road work. The pass is likely to drift over and become impassible before morning.

FAIRBANKS - A blinding snowstorm has cut off the Steese Highway at Eagle Summit, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

High winds and deep, blowing snow have made the 3,685-foot summit impassible. The gates are shut at 101 Mile and 116 Mile.

Farther north, heavy, blowing snow has created hazardous driving conditions on the Dalton Highway near Deadhorse. Travel is not advised on the 70-mile stretch between 355 and 415 Mile. Visibility is limited and the road is icy. A travel advisory is in effect through Friday afternoon.

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