Large snow storm expected to slow Thursday commute

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:45
National Weather Service predicting large accumulations
  • Snow blankets branches along the Beach Lake Nordic ski trails in Chugiak recently. The trails are expected to benefit from a large snow storm expected to arrive in the area Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The National Weather Service is predicting a major winter storm will hit Eagle River and surrounding areas beginning Thursday afternoon (Dec. 29) and continuing into Friday, Dec. 30.
According to a bulletin posted to, the service expects two to five inches in the Anchorage area, with snow totals increasing north along the Glenn Highway.
“The largest snowfall in several years is possible for portions of the Matanuska Valley,” according to the bulletin.
The storm is expected to begin “during the evening rush hour” and is expected to increase quickly in intensity.
The snow will continue overnight, with decreasing amounts falling through Friday morning.
Snowfall is expected to be up to a foot or more in Hatcher Pass, according to a predictive map issued by the service.

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