Schools canceled, car crashes reported after winter warm-up

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 13:59
  • A vehicle drives through a large puddle on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Temperatures in the 40s and icy conditions led the Anchorage School District to cancel classes. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • A vehicle drives through a large puddle on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Temperatures in the 40s and icy conditions led the Anchorage School District to cancel classes. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • A vehicle drives through a large puddle on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Temperatures in the 40s and icy conditions led the Anchorage School District to cancel classes. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • A vehicle drives through a large puddle on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Temperatures in the 40s and icy conditions led the Anchorage School District to cancel classes. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • A truck puts sand on a parking lot in Eagle River on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Temperatures in the 40s and icy conditions led the Anchorage School District to cancel classes. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

An early morning warm-up caused numerous car crashes in the Anchorage area and Glenn Highway corridor Friday and an Anchorage School District already scrambling to make up lost days was forced to cancel classes once again.

The Anchorage Police Department said traffic backed up during the morning commute due to multiple ditch-divers and crashes. The department said one collision involving a half-dozen vehicles forced the closure of Eagle River Road from Eagle River Loop to the Old Glenn. There were also closures between VFW Road and Artillery Road. By 10 a.m. all roads were open again, but side streets remained extremely icy.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the department said more than 15 crashes were reported since midnight, with an additional 18 vehicles in the ditch; most were in Eagle River and the Glenn Highway.

Freezing rain and roads that turned to ice caused ASD to call off school at around 4:45 a.m. All extracurricular activities are cancelled, but district said the Alaska Airlines Classic will go on as planned at West High. The Chugiak boys basketball team is playing in the tournament. The Dimond-South hockey game was also allowed to go on as scheduled.

The Friday storm brought high winds and temperatures in the 40s, which caused icy conditions on the highway in the early hours and ice rink conditions on side roads.

Read more at the Anchorage Daily News.

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