Temp and high winds continue in South Central


by Derek Smith

"It was very slippery, very slippery and very slow. Car was slipping and sliding all over the place. I had the music off so I was not distracted and focused on driving," Anchorage traveler Katie Frylie shares.

Friday's rain and wind caught commuters off guard.

ANCHORAGE, Ak---"The roads they are slick as can be with this wind on top of the rain, its pretty dangerous out here. Anybody driving or walking like myself be real careful out here," Anchorage Motorist Craig Brow states.

Jill Reese with the Department of Transportation says the drastic rise in temperatures wasn't what they expected.

"I think the warmer stayed a lot warmer than what we were thinking, the roads can slick over and become quite challenging," Reese replies.

As the temperatures begin to rise, so does the accumulation of the water on the sides of the road here. You can tell by the way the cars driving by me, it's creating this mush which makes it pretty messy for Anchorage commuters in downtown Anchorage.

But probably the bigger story today is the wind speed. It has gotten up 60- 70 mph in some areas, taken its effects on some buildings, including the FBI station right behind me. A window has bursted because of the strong winds and they shut down the left lanes because of it.

"It is pretty bad. I live over in fairview and we actually had a brown out that wiped out the power of my building real quick but i've been walking around today and just about lost my hat a handful at times," Brow says.

"We are still going to have some winter challenges, but this is Alaska, we are tough," Reese says.

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