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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 10:57 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Fri Feb 22, 2013.

FAIRBANKS-A winter storm warning is in effect for Fairbanks and the middle Tanana Valley through Tuesday morning. Freezing rain has turned to heavy snow and driving conditions are hazardous. The Alaska Department of Transportation is urging people to stay off the roads.

Freezing rain left up to two-tenths of an inch of ice on roads, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 6 inches of snow is expected before snowfall begins to taper about midnight.

The storm will be accompanied by gusty winds of up to 30 mph, resulting in areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District posted a note on its website Monday afternoon saying that school buses would be running "excessively late" in getting students home. All buses would be running with tire chains, the notice said.

"The district will continue monitoring road conditions this evening and early tomorrow morning," the school district notice reads. "Should there be a reason to cancel school tomorrow, an announcement will be sent out via automated phone call, the district website, news media and recorded to the school district's main switchboard by 5:30 a.m.

The heavy snow and ice could result in power outages. Residents are asked to contact GVEA, 452-1151, if outages last more than 10-15 minutes or if they see downed lines or trees in power lines.

Travel advisories also have been issued for roads throughout Interior Alaska. Eagle Summit, between Miles 101 and 116 on the Steese Highway is experiencing high winds and heavy snow. Travel is not recommended.

 

 

 

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