Winter Weather Brings Rough Road Conditions

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The first real snowfall of the winter in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas last night resulted in dozens of crashes on area roads.
As of this afternoon, Fairbanks police had responded to 19 accidents in the past 24 hours, and Alaska State Troopers in the area tended to 10 crashes during the same time period.
Several of those crashes resulted in injuries; and in one instance, a police car responding to an accident was hit by another motorist who lost control.
Temperatures are forecast to hover around freezing for the next several days, meaning conditions will continue to be treacherous for commuters, particularly in the morning and evening.
Fairbanks deputy police chief Dan Welborn says places to take extra care include some of the city's busiest roadways.
"Bridges, primarily, because you have that cold that's being trapped underneath," Welborn said. "We had a little bit of wetness before this snowfall, so of course being down below the freezing mark, it's not going to make it better for us. So the bridges, the Steese, the Richardson Highways, those kind of roadways in particular, we ask you to slow it down. Those are the main roads that are used by a lot of folks, Airport Way is another one."