Slippery streets are on the way as icy winter storm moves into Anchorage area

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 14:10

A round of black ice on the streets last weekend may have been a harbinger of things to come.

Police saw a spike in traffic collisions Nov. 10 as the first freezing weather of November caused a flurry of early morning crashes in Chugiak-Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system, police responded to eight collisions on Saturday, including five by around 9 a.m.

The culprit was black ice, which the department warned people about in a Nixle alert sent out at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

“Give yourself extra stopping distance today and leave plenty of room between you and the driver ahead of you,” police wrote in a statement urging people to slow down on the icy roads.

According to the crime mapping system there were 32 reported traffic collisions in the Anchorage area on Saturday.

The winter weather is expected to return, with snow and freezing rain forecast to arrive in the area sometime Wednesday. According to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service, a winter storm will bring inland snow mixed with freezing rain starting Wednesday. As of Monday afternoon, light rain was falling in the area.

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