The National Weather Service’s map shows a winter weather advisory, in orange, effective for much of the eastern Kenai Peninsula. (Screenshot)

The National Weather Service’s map shows a winter weather advisory, in orange, effective for much of the eastern Kenai Peninsula. (Screenshot)

Heavy snow, blowing winds forecast for Turnagain Pass on Wednesday

Snow accumulations of up to 16 inches are expected

Heavy snow is forecast for Turnagain Pass throughout Wednesday in a winter weather advisory published by the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulations of up to 16 inches are expected, the advisory says, alongside winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour.

Snow is projected to start falling Tuesday night, running through “much of Thursday.” The advisory is effective from 3 a.m. Wednesday through 3 a.m. Thursday, with the heaviest snow expected Wednesday afternoon and evening, “where snow rates may reach or exceed 1 inch per hour.”

The message warns that travelers should “plan on” slippery roads, and that blowing snow could reduce visibility.

Though the message only describes Turnagain Pass, the advisory includes Whittier, Seward and Moose Pass.

For updated forecast information and weather advisories, visit weather.gov/afc.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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