Early-morning snowfall has Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers responding to multiple crashes and vehicles in distress Wednesday.
Anchorage police dispatchers say they've responded to 58 accidents between midnight and 10:30 a.m., five of which resulted in injuries
In addition, police say they've helped 29 vehicles in distress.
Police say Icy road conditions appear to be making it difficult for driver's to stop and turn.
Out in the Valley, Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said officers are responding to many vehicle collisions, from the Seward Meridian to the Knik bridge.
The Glenn Highway inbound to Anchorage is “interesting at the moment,” Ipsen said.
By 8:45 a.m. Ipsen said there were reports of five vehicles in distress, either stuck in a ditch or stranded. Ten cars had crashed, Ipsen said, with two involving injuries: one crash at the Knik River bridge and the Old Glenn Highway, and another at the Parks Highway and Palmer-Wasilla Highway in front of the Wasilla Police Department.
Ipsen said both crashes resulted in minor injuries.
Both Troopers and APD are advising motorists to use caution, to drive slowly, and leave space between cars to slow down. In addition, they're urging drivers to turn on their headlights.
With emergency crews attending to vehicles in distress, both agencies are asking drivers to be on the lookout for emergency responders working at the scenes.
About 3.5 inches of snow are expected to fall through the morning.