It's been a wintery start to the new year statewide


January 6, 2022

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP

A KFC and A&W restaurant along the Palmer-Wasilla Highway in Wasilla was damaged by high winds on Sunday. Destructive winds battered the area just north of Anchorage, flipping small airplanes and semitrailers, forcing schools to close, leaving thousands without power and severely damaging the fast-food restaurant.

High winds, deep snow, below-zero temperatures, frozen pipes, canceled flights and ice-covered everything - it was not a merry Christmas or a happy new year for many Alaskans.

Ketchikan endured its coldest-ever Christmas, and the next day, too, shivering to a low of zero degrees on both days, breaking a 57-year-old record for Christmas Day. It was cold enough to freeze saltwater in shoreline areas of Bar Harbor, City Float, Mud Bight and Ward Cove.

The 350 residents of Hydaburg, on the southwest side of Prince of Wales Island, went without water for five days when the intake system at the comm...

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