storm watch issued Sunday warned of a large, slow-moving low south of Kodiak
Island that could bring up to 20-inches of snow over the next few days. That
watch was replaced Monday afternoon with a full-on blizzard warning.
Works Director Mark Kozak said the first blast of snow Sunday night and early
Monday was less than his crews expected, but was already picking up by mid-day.
two weeks ago almost all the snow in town had melted, and some motorcyclists
were even seen out and about. Overall though, according to Kozak, it hasn't
been too snowy of a winter, saving the city some money.
also keeping his eye on the ash fall predictions from Mount Redoubt, which
could force him to take his plows, snow-blowers and dump trucks off the road to
protect their engines from the damaging ash-fall.
without the blizzard, Era Aviation announced that the Redoubt eruption has
forced them to cancel some of their flights, and most of Alaska's flights in-state
have also been canceled.
blizzard warning went into effect at 4 this (Monday) afternoon, and calls for
snow and blowing snow, with winds gusting to 50 miles per hour, reducing
visibility to a quarter-mile or less at times. As the large storm system moves
eastward, the snow and winds should diminish overnight. The blizzard warning is
in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.