FAIRBANKS - A winter storm and avalanche closed the southern portion of the Richardson Highway this morning, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed north of Valdez between Miles 18-42 due to an avalanche at Mile 39, in Thompson Pass. The avalanche is approximately 50 feet wide and 8 feet deep, according to DOT. Crews are working to clear the slide and the highway is expected to reopen between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today.

While heavy snow is falling in the pass, Glennallen residents are reporting wind and rain. Roads in the area are slick and icy. For updates, visit 511.Alaska.gov