The record-shattering spring storm that blanketed Anchorage on Friday created trouble all around town.
Events were canceled or postponed, including the Heart Run, the biggest footrace in the state.
The National Weather Service declared a heavy snow warning in effect until 8 a.m. today. People should travel only in an emergency, the Weather Service said. The storm was expected to subside by this morning. Some parts of town should get two feet by the time it ends.
Even before the evening rush hour, 16 wrecks were reported in Anchorage including the fatality and two others with injuries. By 9:40 p.m. the Anchorage Police Department recorded 53 vehicles in ditches, stuck or otherwise in distress and a total of 26 accidents.
The storm hit hard after a run of sunny and warm spring days. People were washing their cars. Crocuses and daffodils were popping up.
It all was buried under the biggest snow dump on April 25 ever noted in Anchorage.
The storm was huge.
“There was a pretty strong cold front that just pushed through this morning and kind of stalled over the Southcentral area,” meteorologist Tom Dang said early in the day. “It’s a storm system that literally covers the whole state of Alaska.”