Elizabeth Ramseth, left, Bethany Bibb, Maria Jsustartari and Lydia Smith, right, take time out during the lunch hour to skate at Twin Lakes on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Elizabeth Ramseth, left, Bethany Bibb, Maria Jsustartari and Lydia Smith, right, take time out during the lunch hour to skate at Twin Lakes on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Winter storm warning issued for Juneau

Visibility levels low

Snow accumulations of over a foot are expected through Friday in the capital city. The National Weather Service in Juneau issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect from noon Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday.

The warning predicts total snow accumulation from 12 to 18 inches in the Juneau Borough and on Northern Admiralty Island.

Visibility was decreasing early Thursday morning, with levels at about 7 miles at Juneau Airport at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Temperatures will be a little higher than earlier in the week, with lows Thursday night around 29 degrees, and highs around 33 degrees into Friday with a northeast wind of about 15 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

Snow is likely to turn to rain heading into Saturday as temperatures warm to highs on Saturday and Sunday of 36 degrees.

As of about 10 a.m. Thursday morning, there was 3 inches of snow accumulation at the Juneau Airport, 1 inch in downtown Juneau, 14 inches at the base of Eaglecrest and 42 at the top of Eaglecrest, according to the NWS.

This much snow means travel could be very difficult to impossible, and the NWS recommends taking extra safety precautions and keeping supplies such as flashlights, water and food in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

• Contact reporter Mollie Barnes at mbarnes@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.

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