FAIRBANKS - An unseasonably late rainfall is creating icy and hazardous driving conditions in many parts of Interior Alaska.
A warning is in place for wintry conditions on the Parks Highway southwest of Fairbanks Sunday evening and south through the Alaska Range. Drivers should be on the lookout for black ice. Intersections in many parts of town are also reported to be icy, as is the Steese Highway over Cleary Summit through Mile 101. Travel is not advised on this stretch.
Likewise, freezing rain and icy conditions are reported on the Elliott and Dalton highways this morning. Travel only if necessary and chains are recommended up to Mile 28 of the Dalton.
Travel is not advised on the Alaska Highway from Tok east to the Canada border, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.
Temperatures are expected to rise to near-record highs near 50 degrees Monday in the Fairbanks area, and mixed rain and snow is in the forecast for Monday night, with up to 2 inches of snow falling above 1,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.