ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A winter snow storm along with two morning avalanches created extremely dangerous driving conditions and closed the Seward Highway between Bird and Girdwood Tuesday.
DOT said the Bird-Girdwood stretch of the road would remain off-limits until at least noon on Wednesday. The closure originally extended from Potter Marsh at Mile 115 to Girdwood at Mile 90, but officials reopened the highway from Potter Marsh to Bird at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"They’re just yelling at you, 'turn your car around! go back into the parking lot,'" said Ken Harris, a driver who wasn't going anywhere.
Highway conditions were reported to be white-out conditions with little to no visibility, drifting snow and severe winter storm conditions.
"You can’t see anything," said Mike Vendenbos, a plow driver for Chugach State Park, who reported 90 mph gusts and said multiple cars were stuck in snow along the highway, "this is the worst storm i’ve ever been in."