Winter is back in Anchorage after record-setting day
On Tuesday the Anchorage area set a new high-temperature record of 44 degrees, matching the previous high set in 2011. One day later, winter made its first appearance, dumping snow in the area throughout the day.
"Our crews were out between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. this morning," Alaksa DOT spokesperson Jill Reese said. "It depends on the storm, but they try to get out there before most cars get on the highway. Not only to get them plowed but to get them sanded."
The Alaska DOT targets three main areas when the weather starts to get nasty. The priority 1 roads include the Seward Highway, the Glenn Highway and part of the Parks Highway. From there, crews work their way down the levels of road maintenance. You can see where your road falls on the DOT link here.
"You'll see what kind of priority your road is with a list of how soon you can expect your road will be plowed," Reese said. "It's bad out there. It's slick and slushy, it's at that temperature where you get water over ice. You put gravel on it and it falls to the bottom. The most important thing you can do is slow down. Slow down more than you think you need to slow down. Slow down to where if you get into a position, you don't have to slam on your breaks."
Slowing down is something Charlie Boulding would like to see people do. Boulding splits his time in Alaska and North Carolina and says people driving fast in bad weather happens everywhere.
"I'm on the highway and people still don't get it," Boulding said. "They still drive 65 mph in a 45 mph. You know, they do, that's the way it is in any town."
Rashad Arnsworth says although some people still push the pedal to the metal, most people he noticed are driving with caution.
"To be honest with you, I'm still seeing a few maniacs, but I'm seeing a little bit more people being careful," Arnsworth said. "It's real slick and it's kind of tough out there when you drive, so just be real careful and take your time. You'll get to your destination or wherever you are trying to get to."
The Anchorage Police Department at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday updated their crash count to 29 accidents with no injuries, five involving injuries and 19 distress calls.
"Distress calls are cars in the ditch that didn't hit anyone or cars stalled on the side of the road," Renee Oistad, APD spokesperson, said. "If a car hits a guardrail, tree or pole, it's an accident. If it doesn't hit anything, it's a distress."
"If you have to slam on your brakes," Reese said, "You're going too fast."
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