Snow is cleared from a parking lot at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow is cleared from a parking lot at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Central peninsula again walloped by snowstorm

6 to 20 inches were reported in areas from Ninilchik to Nikiski

Heavy snow hit areas of the western Kenai Peninsula overnight Tuesday and into the morning Wednesday, with heaviest totals reported in the northern part of the peninsula.

Although the National Weather Service on Tuesday predicted 3 to 6 inches, the NWS statement noted that snow quantity predictions were inconsistent, and that there was “low confidence in snow amounts.”

According to an NWS Anchorage area forecast discussion posted around 5 p.m. Wednesday, 6 to 20 inches of snow had fallen across the western peninsula from Ninilchik to Nikiski overnight and during the day Wednesday.

The quantities of snow were highest in Nikiski, similar to a storm last week that brought the Kenai Peninsula’s first major snowfall and closed schools and businesses.

Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle/High School were closed Wednesday due to the road conditions.

In a repeat of last week, plows, trucks and shovels were out en masse around town Wednesday, and once again, cars could be seen in the ditch along major roads — like the Kenai Spur Highway.

On Facebook, the Soldotna Police Department warned of slippery roads and urged drivers to slow down.

For regularly updated forecasts, check weather.gov/anchorage.

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