Snow paints the trees Saturday morning, near the borough ski trails on Birch Hill. Shannon Knight photo

FAIRBANKS - The first significant snowfall was expected to leave more than 5 inches of snow in some parts of Interior Alaska.

A winter weather advisory was issued for Fairbanks and areas to the east. Up to 3 inches of snow was expected this fall this afternoon and evening, on top of several inches of wet, slushy snow that fell Saturday. Another 2 inches of snow could fall Monday before the system moves on.

To the north of Fairbanks, travel advisories were issued for the Elliott Highway between miles 28-73 and the Dalton Highway from where it begins near Livengood to Mile 57. Snow mixed with freezing rain was causing extremely slick, hazardous travel conditions on those stretches, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation. Chains are highly recommended.

Similar conditions were reported on the Alaska Highway from Delta Junction to Northway and on the Richardson Highway between Miles 203-286 through the Alaska Range.

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