Anchorage schools closed Thursday as snowstorm continues

A man in a hat pushes a snow blower spraying snow.
Larry Muehlhausen uses a snow blower to remove the snow from his driveway in East Anchorage on Monday, after the second snowstorm in about a week. Anchorage is forecast to get another dump of snow Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. (Valerie Kern/Alaska Public Media).

All Anchorage and most Mat-Su schools are closed Thursday.

The Anchorage School District and Mat-Su Borough School District announced the closures Wednesday evening, citing heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions.

The Anchorage and Mat-Su regions are under winter storm warnings until 9 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service is calling for 7 to 10 inches of snow in most parts of Anchorage, with up to 14 inches on the Hillside. Mat-Su could see 6 to 11 inches of new snow. 

The snowstorm follows two major back-to-back storms over the past week that dropped more than 2 feet of snow on Anchorage. The city was still digging out from the prior storms when the latest one hit. Many sidewalks remain buried and roads clogged.

The weather service is warning Anchorage and Mat-Su drivers to plan on slippery road conditions that will impact the Thursday morning commute. It says the snow may transition to freezing drizzle Thursday morning, near the end of the storm, but little to no ice accumulation is expected.

Thursday marks the Anchorage School District’s sixth snow day this school year. It just had four straight snow days starting last Wednesday.

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The district says it will decide by noon Thursday whether to have after-school activities, and schools will reopen Friday unless otherwise announced.

Meanwhile, Thursday is Mat-Su’s fourth straight remote learning day.

The western Kenai Peninsula — including Kenai, Homer and Soldotna — are under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday with 5 to 9 inches of snow expected.

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