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Warm temps, rain creating dangerous road conditions in Anchorage

It’s warm enough outside to drizzle in Anchorage, but the drizzle is freezing on city streets, creating dangerous driving conditions.
Published: Feb. 15, 2022 at 1:32 PM AKST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2022 at 9:23 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - It’s warm enough outside to drizzle in Anchorage, but the drizzle is freezing on city streets, creating dangerous driving conditions.

At the intersection of 15th Avenue and C Street, a box truck and sedan collided. A police officer on scene said no citation would be given due to road conditions.

An accident involving multiple vehicles, including a People Mover bus, stopped traffic at Arctic Boulevard and Benson Boulevard.

More snow headed toward Southcentral

Back to back storms are bringing snow and freezing rain to Southcentral. A second round is expected Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey explains what's happening and just how much more snow we might receive.

Posted by Alaska's News Source on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

According to a community alert, Anchorage police responded to the intersection just before 12:30 p.m. and closed the northbound lanes of Arctic between Benson and West 30th Avenue.

The Anchorage Police Department reported that between midnight and about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, there were 38 crashes without injuries, seven with injuries, and 48 vehicles in distress.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities said crews will be working double shifts on Tuesday night. Spokesperson Shannon McCarthy added that plow crews will begin with priority one roads, such as Minnesota Drive and the Seward and Glenn Highways. From there, they’ll work down the priority list.

A People Mover bus sits wedged between two other vehicles Feb. 15, 2021, in Anchorage.
A People Mover bus sits wedged between two other vehicles Feb. 15, 2021, in Anchorage.(Alaska's News Source)

“These back-to-back storms are hard for our crews to keep up with,” McCarthy wrote in an email on Tuesday. “... However, if we get another dump of snow, we may have to return to the priority one roads to get them back into an acceptable driving condition before getting back to the lower priority roads.”

With Alaska’s Weather Source forecasting a new storm arriving from the south, McCarthy said it could take transportation department plow crews longer to get to lower priority roads.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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