APD reports multiple crashes due to icy roadways
Freezing rain fell overnight Tuesday across Anchorage, creating a layer of ice on many road surfaces -- with snow falling Wednesday in Anchorage and the Mat-Su-- which is expected to continue into the night.
A special weather statement from the National Weather Service called for snow to continue for several more hours, urging drivers to be wary of slick parking lots and neighborhood roads and "leave extra time to get to your destination."
"While the snow will generally be light, there will be an uptick in intensity this afternoon through early this evening," NWS meteorologists wrote. "Expect total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, with localized amounts up to 7 inches by the time snow tapers off overnight tonight."
The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reported difficult driving conditions Wednesday morning across most of Anchorage and on the Glenn Highway into the Mat-Su. The Parks Highway between Houston and Talkeetna was considered hazardous, with black ice on the highway.
Early Wednesday morning, one person died in a single-vehicle crash on the Old Seward Highway due to weather conditions and speed, Anchorage Police said.
By noon, APD was reporting three vehicle crashes with injuries and nearly a dozen other accidents.
Temperatures will drop from the mid-30s Wednesday morning to the mid-20s overnight.
Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Center for the latest weather conditions across Alaska.
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