Plow on Road

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Eastern Kenai Peninsula including Turnagain Arm. Snow fall up to 10 inches and winds between 15 and 25 miles per hour with guests up to 35 miles per hour are expected to create whiteout conditions. Travel is expected to be very hazardous.

The heaviest snow is expected early Thanksgiving morning and should taper off by midday. Strong and gusty winds are expected to continue to reduce visibility and make travel hazardous throughout Thanksgiving Day. Winds with guests up to 25 miles per hour are expected into the weekend.

According to Michael Vuotto with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Anchorage, Seward is likely to see little snow due to a low pressure system in the area.

Vuotto said a there is a low pressure system spinning about in the Seward area that should keep most of the snow to the north and that Turnagain Arm and Whittier should see the most snow.

Travel is not advised. If you must travel, take a winter survival kit including clothing to survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees and have food and water to survive for a day or more. If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.

Turnagain Pass was experiencing blowing snow as of 6:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.