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Story last updated at 2:20 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

More snow for southern peninsula





 

Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News



 



 

After a brief break, one in which roads were relatively clear or well-sanded, flooding from melting snow and frozen culverts had slowed down, snow shovels were put away and electrical power was on, the Homer area got hit with more snow early this morning.

By noon, the sun was shining, but street-clearing equipment and Homer Electric Association crews were hard at work putting things back together.

As of 11 a.m., approximately 800 HEA members were without power in:

• Anchor Point and North Fork Road;

• Diamond Ridge Road;

• Skyline Drive;

• East End Road and Fritz Creek.

"The outages are related to the heavy, wet snow in the Homer area this morning," said Joe Gallagher, spokesperson for HEA. "If you do not have power, please call HEA's outage reporting hotline at 1-888-868-8243 or 1-888-8OUTAGE.

More of the same weather conditions are expected in the days ahead, according to the National Weather Service as of 9:15 a.m., today:

• Tonight: Cloudy with scattered snow showers, northeast winds 10 miles per hour, temperatures in the mid 20s to lower 30s;

• Friday: Isolated snow showers in the morning, southeast winds 10-15 miles per hour around Kachemak Bay, temperatures in the upper 20s to upper 30s;

• Friday night: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers, east winds 10-25 miles per hour around Kachemak Bay, temperatures in the lower 20s to lower 30s;

• Saturday: Cloudy with scattered snow showers, southeast winds 15-30 miles per hour around Kachemak Bay, temperatures in the high 30s;

• Saturday night: Snow likely, temperatures in the low 20s;

• Sunday through Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, temperatures in the low 20s to mid 30s;

• Monday night and Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, temperatures in the mid teens to mid 20s.

On Kachemak Bay between today and Monday there will be rain and snow, seas at 2-3 feet, winds from the east and northeast at 10-20 knots.

For vehicle travel, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reports:

• Very difficult driving conditions on East End Road from Pioneer Avenue to Old East End Road: snow removal equipment on roadway, stay back 200 feet form snowplows, drive with headlights on, travel is not advised;

• Very difficult driving conditions on the Sterling Highway from Milepost 156 to the Homer Ferry Terminal: snow removal equipment on roadways, stay back 200 feet from snowplows, drive with headlights on, travel is not advised;

• Fair driving conditions on the Sterling Highway from Milepost 111 to Milepost 148: snow removal equipment on the roadway, stay back 200 feet from snowplows, drive with headlights on.

Gallagher urged staying away from downed power lines as the lines are extremely dangerous and getting too close to line can cause injury or death.

For more information, visit:

•511.alaska.gov;

• www.arh.noaa.gov.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.

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