Winter storm causes widespread outages, UAF classes cancelled

 

 

Molly Putman / Layout Editor

 

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Snow covers power lines and trees on Sheep Creek road, six miles from campus. Snowfall is expected to continue until Wednesday morning. Molly Putman / Layout Editor

UAF has officially cancelled all classes in Fairbanks and North Pole for the rest of Sept. 29 due to heavy snowfall, dangerous road conditions and power outages throughout Fairbanks and outlying residential areas.  The cancellation will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The second winter storm of the season is causing widespread power outages in the Fairbanks area. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) estimates that four-five thousand GVEA members are without power.

The outages are caused by heavy snowfall bending trees into power lines. GVEA line crews and contractors are working around the clock to remove the trees, but more outages continue to appear.

“We bring a neighborhood up and we could be losing another.” Corinne Bradish, a GVEA spokeswoman, said.

Snowfall is expected to continue until Wednesday morning and a winter storm warning is still in effect.

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