Heavy snowfall throughout Southcentral Alaska prompted a closure of the Seward Highway on New Year’s Eve as well as blizzard warnings for the Kenai Peninsula.
Seward Highway was closed from Girdwood south to Jerome Lake, according to a community notice posted to Facebook Tuesday night by the Alaska Department of Transportation. DOT reported that Girdwood had received 18 inches of snowfall.
The highway remained closed until about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, when DOT announced that all lanes had been reopened.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service extended its blizzard warning through Wednesday afternoon for the western Kenai Peninsula.
Areas along Kachemak Bay were expected to be impacted, including Homer and the Homer bluff. The warning asked residents to plan for hazardous travel conditions, blowing snow and near zero visibility.
Additional snow accumulations of up to 4 inches were expected. Snow and winds were expected to gradually diminish through the afternoon. For the latest road conditions call 511 or visit 511.alaska.gov.