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All Mat-Su schools closed Friday, hundreds without power

All schools in the Matanuska-Susitna School District are closed Friday due to slick and messy road conditions, according to district officials.
Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 7:02 AM AKST
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WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - All schools in the Matanuska-Susitna School District are closed Friday due to slick and messy road conditions, according to district officials.

In a post on the district’s Facebook page, students in the borough will instead be learning online via remote learning.

Mat-Su schools were also closed Thursday with the exception of Glacier View School, but Friday’s closures include all schools in the district.

The Matanuska Electric Association is also reporting power outages across the Matanuska Valley, with over 900 customers without power at approximately 3 p.m. according to an outage map on the company’s website. Earlier Friday morning, that total had been over 3,100 customers without power at 10 a.m. About half of those affected customers were reported in the Palmer-Fishhook rea.

MEA spokesperson Jennifer Castro said heavy snow and trees falling on lines have proven to be the main culprit for the higher rates of outages Friday.

“The heavy snowfall and ice are making conditions very hazardous for crews so they are having to work a little slower this morning in order to operate safely,” Castro wrote in an email.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

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