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Round 2 of winter storm hits

Airport remains open

Posted: November 14, 2011 - 4:55pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2011 - 1:04am
Snow piles up on top of a downtown business totem on Monday. The 10.7 inches of snow Monday exceeded the previous record of 5.6 inches for Nov. 14.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Snow piles up on top of a downtown business totem on Monday. The 10.7 inches of snow Monday exceeded the previous record of 5.6 inches for Nov. 14.

Record snowfall levels have been reported in Juneau, and more snow was to arrive this morning.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Juneau and other parts of southeast Alaska until 5 a.m. today. Six to 10 inches of new snow are possible for Juneau, Petersburg and Wrangell, with slightly lesser amounts in places like Hoonah and Angoon.

Juneau public schools were closed Monday. Eaglecrest Ski Area reminded outdoor enthusiasts it is closed and had no ski patrol or avalanche control onsite.

Several city commission meetings were canceled, as was a lecture sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. City buses went on winter routes in areas where the city deems it unsafe to operate buses during heavy snow and ice.

Meteorologist Geri Swanson said Monday afternoon the 10.7 inches that had fallen at weather service offices since midnight broke a record for snow falling on Nov. 14. The previous record was 5.6 inches in 2006

The National Weather Service warned Juneau residents to prepare for a snowfall expected at 2 inches per hour with up to 10 inches of new snow.

Juneau accumulated 15 inches of snow since the snow began falling Sunday night, according to the Juneau office’s snow measurements. The average snow depth in Juneau by 3 p.m. was 13 inches.

The storm warning was to last until 5 a.m. today. However, the NWS was scheduled to update its warning at 11 p.m. Monday, which is after the Empire’s press deadline.

The weather service alert, issued around 3 p.m. Monday, warned the snow would be heavy with high water content, and could be difficult to manage. Motorists were warned to stay off the roads Monday night.

“We have our crews at the ready,” said Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. spokeswoman Debbie Ferriera. So far Monday, AEL&P has only had one small outage in the Lena Loop area.

Deputy Airport Manager Patricia deLaBruere said Juneau International Airport crews have been keeping the runway clear. She said the airlines have been having some issues with visibility. There was a flight this morning that did not get in, and another was delayed but deLaBruere didn’t know what caused the delay.

“The airport has remained open,” she said. “Tomorrow we’ll know more with the forecast that’s out there.”

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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