FAIRBANKS — A low-pressure system in the Bering Sea is contributing to heavy snowfall and difficult driving conditions in Interior and Southcentral Alaska.
Between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening, Fairbanks International Airport received almost 4 inches. The heaviest snowfall in the Fairbanks North Star Borough was recorded northwest of the city on Murphy Dome Road, where about 6 inches had fallen as of Tuesday night.
North Pole was at the low end of storm totals with an estimated 1 inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Another 2 to 4 inches of snow was expected Tuesday night and this morning, forecasters said, with the possibility of snow pushing farther east. Snow should begin to taper off Wednesday, with flurries expected through Thanksgiving. Temperatures will likely remain around freezing through Thursday, before cooling, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s “entirely possible we get a light sprinkle,” weather service meteorologist Scott Berg said. “Beyond that, don’t expect any significant liquid-type precipitation.”
Travel advisories have been issued for many area roads and highways.
Between Cantwell and Talkeetna, an estimated 30 inches of snow fell from Monday night to Tuesday night, the Alaska Department of Transportation reported. Travel on the Parks Highway from 162 Mile to 255 Mile was described as difficult.
Conditions on the Parks and around Fairbanks included snow, ice and wind. The DOT said changing temperatures will likely create slick roadways.
Travel is not advised from Mile 92 to 125 of the Elliott Highway because of blowing and drifting snow, up to four-foot snow drifts, and visibility between 10 and 50 feet.
On the Steese Highway between Mile 101 and 114, including Eagle Summit, the forecast is for wind up to 30 mph, poor visibility and drifting snow, which have prompted DOT to advise against travel there, too.
State plowing crews cleared all the state-maintained roads in the Fairbanks area at least once since Sunday, according to Department of Transportation spokeswoman Betsy Hess.
Crews were beginning again with top priority roads like the Johansen Expressway on Tuesday afternoon.
“Everywhere in the Interior, we caution drivers to drive carefully and use their headlights. Plan to leave early to get to your destination on time,” Hess said.
Golden Valley Electric Association reported two minor outages during the storm. One occurred in the Badger Road area, including Peede, Freeman and Nordale roads. The other outage took place in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood off Chena Ridge.
The association said power had been restored to about 30 homes as of 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.
The winter weather advisory for up to 7 inches of snow total has been extended through midday today.
For those traveling south, the snow is turning to freezing rain and rain in the lower Susitna Valley. Driving conditions are hazardous in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Anchorage areas.
Reporter Sam Friedman contributed to this report.
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