Avalance closes Alaska road

Valdez, Alaska (KINY) A remarkable 15 inches of snow fell in just 90 minutes in Thompson Pass Wednesday.

Officials said the the snow resulted in an avalanche that closed a section of the highway.  State Department of Transportation officials said Richardson Highway between mile posts 12 and 42 were shut down for a time.  They went on to report that a normal drive from the avalanche site to Tazlina would take 15 minutes.  Wednesday that trip took almost an hour due to the conditions.

There were also power outages reported in the Copper River area and local schools were closed.  More heavy snow was forecast for that area today.

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