Anchorage, Mat-Su schools open, traffic moving Tuesday
Anchorage and Mat-Su schools are open Tuesday, despite a mix of freezing rain and snow which left almost all of them closed the previous day.
Staff at the Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough school districts told KTVA no closures were planned for Tuesday.
Alaska Department of Transporation encouraged drivers to allow extra time and use caution with black ice and freezing fog causing difficult driving conditions on many roads and highways in Anchorage.
Anchorage police dispatchers had only a few reports of vehicles in distress between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A KTVA photojournalist saw inbound traffic on the Glenn Highway moving smoothly past the Bragaw Street overpass at about 6 a.m.
Road conditions first started to deteriorate early Sunday when snow showers hit the Anchorage Bowl. Before crews could clear the weekend snow, freezing rain moved in creating slick conditions for Monday's commute.
About a quarter of an inch of precipitation fell by Monday afternoon and with temperatures in the 40s, most roads in Anchorage and the Mat-Su were covered in a mix of snow, ice, and slush. Temperatures are now in the 20s and will stay below freezing for the rest of the week.
Road crews will get a brief break in the weather Tuesday afternoon with clear weather in the forecast. High temperatures will hold in the low 30s.
The next round of winter weather moves in Wednesday as a small front will clip Anchorage and the Valley bringing chances for light snow. Additional snow is possible Friday.
Melissa Frey, John Grobe, Cassie Schirm and Nicholas Swann contributed information to this story.
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