“Donnelly Dome Road” Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Quartz Lake looks pretty deserted for the winter. Activities for winter can be a family outing to enjoy some ice fishing, sitting around a fire, skiing some of the trails, playing a game of ice croquet or ice bowling. Let the imagination run wild for a fun time on the lake.
Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski
The Tanana Bridge with the half moon one morning.
Photo Courtesy Richard Mitchell
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Richardson Highway, near Valdez, is now open from mile 12-55. Travelers are advised that driving conditions are very difficult. Heavy snow, mixed with rain, is causing ice to form on the road.
The highway closed early yesterday morning, from mile 12-55, due to an avalanche at mile 39. Today, crews worked to mitigate additional avalanche hazards and remove snow and debris from the road.
According to the National Weather Service, 76 inches of snow fell over five days, 46 inches fell in the past 48 hours and another 24 inches is forecast through Friday.
For road condition updates visit 511.Alaska.Gov or call 511.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Richardson Highway is closed near Valdez, from mile 12-55, due to an avalanche at mile 39. The avalanche occurred this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., and is an estimated 20 feet deep and 200 feet long.
Crews will start clearing avalanche debris when the weather improves, avalanche risk decreases and it is safe to work in the area. Currently, heavy snow fall and unseasonably warm temperatures are creating prime conditions for additional avalanches.
Over the past 24 hours, a mix of heavy snow and rain has fallen in Valdez and the Copper River Basin resulting in very difficult and hazardous driving conditions on the Richardson, Edgerton, Glenn and Tok Cutoff highways. Temperatures have ranged in the high 20s to mid-30s.
All available plows and sand trucks are out working to keep roads passable.
The National Weather Service forecasts that heavy snow will taper off this afternoon, however light snow will continue overnight. The heaviest accumulation will be in Thompson Pass, with up to 45 inches. Valdez has received 12 inches of snow as of 6:30 a.m. and snow continues to fall steady across the region. Another weather front is expected to move in from the gulf Thursday, possibly bringing heavy snow for Thompson Pass with snow and rain in Valdez.
For updated road conditions visit 511.Alaska.Gov or call 511.
This bald eagle just landed in this black spruce tree in Paxson, probably hoping to find some remains of salmon to snack on. Photo Courtesy Scott Skaleski