Dalton Highway motorists slog through snow

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The last of the tourists making their way up the Dalton Highway will encounter something they may not welcome: snow.

The wet, sloppy snow has prompted the state Department of Transportation to issue the first warning that winter is coming.

DOT sent out an advisory Thursday suggesting motorists use chains while driving the 5-mile-long Atigun Pass at about Mile 245 of the highway.

''We're ready for it,'' said David King, DOT's lead man at the Chandalar Camp at 239.5 Mile, as he stood outside the maintenance shop talking on the phone while watching the snowflakes steadily come down.

King told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that visibility was limited to about a mile. Crews were working to clear the highway to help motorists get over the pass, which rises to 3,222 feet.

The 35-degree weather meant the snow wasn't likely to stay for long.

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