APD warns drivers to use caution on 'icy Presidents Day'
The Anchorage Police Department issued a traffic alert early Monday morning citing black ice and bad road conditions on the Glenn Highway from Eagle River to Boniface following a weekend of snow and wintry mix across Southcentral.
The APD alert reads as follows:
Traffic Alert: Use Caution when traveling on roadways as there are patches of black ice all over town. Officers also reporting bad road conditions on the Glenn Hwy from Eagle River to Boniface, the Seward between Dowling and 36th, and Minnesota between C St and International. Use Caution on this icy Presidents Day!
Snow from this past weekend turned to water on roadways as temperatures climbed above freezing and friction from tires broke up and melted down the icy aftermath. Temperatures dropped below freezing Monday morning, freezing a lot of the water left on the roads.
Typically, heavy morning traffic on many of these roads would keep the ground warm enough to stop the refreeze. However, the lighter traffic due to the holiday meant the water had time to freeze.
Looking around town on our network of cameras, it was apparent that even in areas where the roads did not have black ice on them, packed snow had a slick glaze across the top on many back roads and side streets.
Temperatures will climb into the upper 30s Monday afternoon, melting even more of this weekend's snowfall. Overnight temperatures will drop into the 20s, meaning we will see another dangerously icy morning as many head back to work and school Tuesday.
We look to stay a bit cooler through the remainder of the week, hopefully keeping this melt and refreeze cycle at bay.
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