Authorities urge caution as freezing rain hits Anchorage

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 15:44
  • A pick-up sits atop the guardrail on the Glenn Highway just south of the Eagle River bridge on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Authorities warned of dangerous driving conditions in the Anchorage area after a Winter Weather Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service.

Freezing rain was causing slick roads on the Glenn and Seward highways, with ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch possible by the end of the advisory at 8 p.m.

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities also warned of “Very Difficult Driving Conditions” on the Glenn Highway from 5th Avenue north to Wasilla and on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm into Anchorage. Conditions are expected to include wet roads, icy patches, black ice and poor visibility. Drivers should stay back at least of snowplows and other road equipment.

The department advised drivers to reduce speed, be prepared for hydroplaning or slippery roads and drive with headlights on at all times.

The fast-moving storm front was expected to move through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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