A crash early Wednesday left one person dead and closed part of the Old Seward Highway for hours, as police warned of freezing rain across the city affecting traffic.

APD announced the closure of Old Seward's northbound lanes, just south of Tudor, shortly after 4 a.m.; the highway reopened just before 7 a.m.

Police spokesman MJ Thim said dispatchers were told at about 3:30 a.m. that a vehicle had hit a light pole on Old Seward. Investigators believe the red Lincoln Navigator SUV involved had been headed north on Old Seward from Dowling Road.

"There was one person inside -- the driver, an adult male -- who was pronounced dead at the scene," Thim said. "Speed and weather conditions appear to be a factor in this collision."

Thursday afternoon, APD identified the victim as 28-year-old Roy Miller, Jr. 

The city is under a freezing rain advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday, with the rain expected to give way to 1 to 3 inches of snowfall. Thim said that between midnight and 8:30 a.m., police had received reports of only five vehicles in distress beyond the fatal crash.

"Use caution on highways and side streets due to freezing rain and poor road conditions," police wrote in a statement.

John Grobe and Rick Rysso contributed information to this story.

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