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Winter storm pummels Southeast Alaska; Eaglecrest winter celebration & fireworks moved to Sunday
Published: 02/19/2011 13:11:00
Updated: 02/19/2011 14:15:10

Drivers make their way through a snowstorm on Egan drive at west 8th street.
Drivers make their way through a snowstorm on Egan drive at west 8th street. (Mikko Wilson / KATH-TV)

A winter storm continued to dump snow on Juneau Saturday as the National Weather Service extended a Winter Storm Warning until 3am Sunday and increased snow expectations to as much as 18 inches. Due to the blizzard, Eaglecrest Ski Area has postponed their Winter Celebration & Fireworks show until Sunday.

High winds at the Ski Area forced the Ptarmigan and Black Bear chair lifts to close mid-morning. And at 12:30pm area managers made the decision to postpone the planned evening fireworks display until 6pm Sunday. With the skiing limited on the mountain and deteriorating weather and road conditions, it was decided to make the call earlier in the day to allow people time to re-plan accordingly.

Fire on McGinnis are unavailable Sunday, and were still scheduled to play Saturday at the Day Lodge from 3:45pm-4:30pm.

Eaglecrest's schedule for Sunday evening is as follows:
4:00pm: Ptarmigan, Black Bear, & Porcupine Chairs close
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Cookies and cocoa served at the Ticket Window
4:30pm: Bonfire starts near handicapped parking lot
5:00pm: Hooter Chairlift Closes
6:00pm: Torchlight Parade begins on Muskeg. The fireworks display will immediately follow the Torchlight parade.

There was a power outage in areas of the Mendenhall Valley shortly after 12pm, also likely cased by the weather. Power was still being restored at 1:30pm.

At about 1:40pm an apparent electrical fire ignited a boat shed on fire in Auk Bay, causing AEL&P to shut down power to the area. The fire was out when CCFR arrived on scene minutes later. Power was restored shortly after 2pm

The blizzard was part of a storm front that made it's way across southern Alaska and into Southeast. Winter Storm Warnings were in effect across Southeast Alaska from Yakutat to Wrangell with as much as 20 inches of snow forecast in some areas.