Tuesday Cordova Snowstorm Update
Heather Hintze brings us the latest from Cordova
CORDOVA, AK: Monday's clear, sunny skies over Cordova were short-lived after another storm moved in Tuesday morning.
Residents are bracing for more rain and snow. "We just have to deal with it. It's nothing new. Just got to get rid of the slush before it freezes again," said Jerry Bendzac, who's lived in Cordova for 42 years.
The state brought in additional loaders and graters to clear the roads and crew have been working continuous shifts to make room for Mother Nature's latest round of white stuff.
By 10 Tuesday morning the winds were already strong and there were near whiteout conditions near the harbor. City staff is expecting wind speeds to pick up throughout the afternoon so volunteer shovelers and the National Guard soldiers are grounded for the day. They'll be shoveling sidewalks and driveways instead of roofs.
Avalanche forecasters from the National Guard are also in town, assessing the dangers surrounding the Copper River Highway. An avalanche last week closed part of the highway for a while and another avalanche broke loose Sunday afternoon.
Cordova has had record-breaking snowfall this year with more than 56 inches since January 1. Residents say since they've already had to deal with so much already this winter, one more storm won't make a difference. "You know the difference between Florida and Alaska? Florida names their storms. We're used to storms in Alaska, just not with this much snow!" said Kelly Weaverling. "Bring it on."