Snow is piled along the Seward Highway near the Hope Highway cutoff in Alaska on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow is piled along the Seward Highway near the Hope Highway cutoff in Alaska on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Heavy snow, whiteout conditions forecast Tuesday for Turnagain Pass

“Several rounds” of heavy snowfall are expected, beginning as soon as Monday evening

A winter weather advisory issued Monday warns of up to 22 inches of snow and “near whiteout conditions” to impact Turnagain Pass on Tuesday, creating “very difficult” travel on parts of the Seward Highway.

Heavy snowfall is expected from Girdwood to Summit Lake, the advisory says, including Turnagain Pass and Portage. The advisory includes Seward and Moose Pass.

“Several rounds” of heavy snowfall are expected, beginning as soon as Monday evening, then continuing Tuesday through around 4 p.m. Snowfall could “approach 2 inches of snow per hour.”

“Travel could be very difficult,” the advisory reads. “Heavy snowfall intensity could result in near whiteout conditions at times.”

The areas hit the hardest are expected to get up to 22 inches of snow, while snowfall along the southern parts of the Seward Highway as far as Seward are expected to see between 5 and 10 inches.

Even after the advisory is lifted, snow is forecast in the Turnagain Pass through at least Friday by the National Weather Service.

For updated weather forecasts and messages, visit weather.gov/afc.

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

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