Travel to Valdez discouraged by police department
Alert issued Thursday warns of freezing rain, blizzards and extreme hazards
Police are advising motorists and would-be road travelers to Valdez to just stay home if at all possible.
Using the online based Nixle program which the department uses to communicate with people who have signed up on its website for information by email, cellphone texts and other electronic media, police said Thursday morning that road travel in Valdez poses a “significant threat to life or property.”
Odd weather conditions spurred the warning.
“Alert: Please use extreme caution when traveling in Valdez due to freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions. Travel is strongly discouraged,” the message said.
The message further cited information from the National Weather Service.
“Dear Nixle User,” the emailed alert warned. “The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Thompson Pass until the evening of Thursday, January 8th. Visibility is limited due to high winds and blowing snow.Travel and outdoor activity in Thompson Pass is strongly discouraged.”
Anyone can sign up for the Nixle program by visiting Nixle.com. and following the easy instructions on the website to sign up for the service.
Travelers can also get up-to-date information on road conditions by visiting the state-run 511.alaska.gov.