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Heavy snowfall causing travel difficulties in Fairbanks, Interior Alaska

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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:09 am

FAIRBANKS - Heavy snow began falling over central Interior Alaska this morning, and is causing travel difficulties on local roads.

Most of Interior Alaska is under a winter storm warning, with up to 10 inches of snow expected through midday Thursday. The Steese Highway was closed Tuesday at Eagle Summit due to heavy blowing snow.

This morning, the Alaska Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory for the Parks Highway from 163 Mile south of Cantwell to the Parks Monument at 344 Mile. Visibility is poor to none in some areas due to blowing snow. Motorists are advised to watch for deep and drifting snow in areas.

Road crews are at work clearing the road, but conditions are expected to remain poor for the next 24 hours. Travel is not advised. Those who must be on the road are urged to drive slowly, keep headlights on at all times and watch for road crews.

The travel advisory extends north of Fairbanks to the Elliott Highway and the first 28 miles of the Dalton Highway.

Heavy, drifting snow, high winds, fog and poor visibility are making driving conditions difficult.

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