A winter storm is bringing stiff winds that have already closed one highway in Interior Alaska and is expected to make travel treacherous in other areas.
The Steese Highway is closed between 80-114 Mile, between TwelveMile and Eagle summits due to drifting and blowing snow and poor visibility. This section of highway, which tops out at 3,652 feet elevation, is frequently exposed to high winds and poor conditions.
In Fairbanks, wind gusts of up to 25 mph are expected, as well as 3 to 5 inches of snow starting late this morning or early this afternoon.
Elsewhere, a widespread winter storm warning is in effect for much of the central and eastern Interior region. Winds of up to 40 mph are expected, which are expected to make for very difficult travel conditions on the Elliott Highway.
Heavy snow is expected along the Richardson Highway through the Alaska Range. Up to a foot of snow, along with windy conditions, are expected today.
The storm warnings and advisories are in effect through Friday.
To the south, freezing rain and snow is falling in the Susitna Valley and schools are closed today. A winter storm warning is in effect for the Mat-Su and Anchorage areas.