Whiteout in Kodiak; Blizzard Conditions Until 4 p.m.

100308.blizzardsatpic.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT

Kodiak Island is under a blizzard warning until at least 4 p.m. this afternoon. The National Weather Service updated the storm to a warning at 9 a.m. and reissued the bulletin just a half-hour ago. Whiteout conditions have been widely reported around Kodiak City and Police Chief T.C. Kamai said accident and stranding reports are already rolling in.

He emphasized motorists should not drive unless absolutely necessary:

The blizzard, which is also affecting the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound, is the result of a large low pressure system skirting the east side of Kodiak Island, drawing down colder air from the mainland. Northwest winds 35 to 50 miles per hour with gusts to 65 are forecast, and whiteout conditions in snow and blowing snow can be expected. Drifting snow on roadways may make them impassible.

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