Storm Closes Fairbanks Schools, Knocks Out Power

The Fairbanks area continues to experience strong winds Thursday morning with mixed precipitation.

An early winter storm, with snow and freezing rain, has prompted Fairbanks schools to close for a second day. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is open Thursday, but there are widespread power outages.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Brader says winds continue to gust up to 40 mph, and there is a mix of snow and freezing rain falling.

Winds started to pick up about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The highest recorded gust overnight was 55 mph.

About 4 inches of snow fell at the airport in addition to less than inch of liquid, including freezing rain.

Brader says a cold front should come in later Thursday, and temperatures will drop along with several inches of snow.