Wind and snow created hazardous weather conditions Wednesday in some areas around the Kenai Peninsula.
A blizzard warning was issued Wednesday morning for the Turnagain Pass area, as well as Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass. The warning was in effect from Wednesday afternoon until 4 a.m. Thursday. Gusting winds reaching as fast as 60 miles per hour were expected. Snow is expected to fall all day Wednesday, and the warning said residents could see total snow accumulation of 4 to 10 inches, with higher amounts in some areas.
Travel through these areas would be “very difficult,” the warning said, with blowing snow reducing visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. The worst conditions will be in the eastern Turnagain Arm area, however, low visibilities and blowing snow were expected to affect the entire Seward Highway corridor from eastern Turnagain Arm to Seward.
A brisk wind advisory for Cook Inlet north of Kalgin Island was also issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service. The advisory shows winds reaching 30 knots Wednesday, and then calming down between 10 and 20 knots until Sunday.