Storm watch issued for eastern peninsula

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a winter storm watch for western Prince William Sound and the Kenai Mountains.

Affected areas may include Seward, the Seward Highway from Seward to Bird Point, Girdwood and Whittier. The watch will remain in effect through today.

Strong, gusty north and east winds to 40 miles per hour, along with heavy snow and blowing snow at times, may reduce visibility to near zero. Snow accumulations are predicted to range from about 8 inches in Seward to 24 inches in Turnagain Pass and other high elevations.

The snow should last through early afternoon, with additional accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

A watch means conditions may develop that seriously threaten life or property. The weather service encourages people to closely monitor this weather situation and prepare for potential danger.

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