Anchorage highways slick as freezing rain falls

The Alaska Department of Transportation shows state-maintained roads in Anchorage have "very difficult driving conditions" on Thursday, Dec. 7.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Both the Glenn and Seward Highways are slick enough Thursday afternoon for Anchorage Police and the Alaska Department of Transportation to send afternoon alerts.

APD alerted to slick conditions on the Seward Highway near Potter Valley, and that at least three vehicles had slid off the Glenn Highway between Fort Richardson and the S Curves.

The DOT alert called the Glenn Highway from downtown Anchorage to Mile 29 "Very difficult driving conditions" with rain and snow mixed, freezing rain, wet and icy roads and black ice.

By 3:30 p.m. Anchorage Police had responded to 16 vehicles in the ditch, four crashes with no injuries, and three crashes with injuries.

The Anchorage School District also canceled after-school events for the day, though Campfire activities were still open.

Farther north, on the Parks Highway near Montana Creek, similar winter driving conditions were at play when two vehicles crashed, injuring three people.

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