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School canceled for Fairbanks North Star Borough; travel advisories issued

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:55 am

FAIRBANKS - School has been canceled today for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including Immaculate Conception and Monroe Catholic schools, due to heavy snow and difficult driving conditions.

A note on the school district website notes the conditions make it "very difficult to safely operate student transportation."

School is expected to resume as scheduled Friday.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus will remain open, according to a news release. Employees are urged to use discretion when traveling to and from campus. Faculty should communicate directly with their department heads and students if they cancel classes.

More than a foot of snow has fallen over some areas in the past 24 hours. A winter storm warning continues through 3 p.m. today, with snow showers tapering off through the day.

A travel advisory has been issued for the Fairbanks area and the Parks Highway from south of Cantwell to Fairbanks. The Alaska Department of Transportation says travel "is very difficult to hazardous due to snowfall, blowing snow and very poor to no visibility, especially around other traffic."

Crews are working to clear the roads and motorists are advised to use their headlights at all times.

More than a foot of snow has fallen in the Cantwell area, with 18 inches recorded in areas to the south, according to Alaska DOT. Since Wednesday, 8 to 10 inches has fallen in the Healy area and the Nenana region saw another 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight. Travel is not advised.

The Steese Highway remains closed between Miles 101 and 116 at Eagle Summit. The gates are down and the road is impassible, DOT said.

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