A blizzard warning is in effect for the eastern Kenai Peninsula and Turnagain Arm, beginning late Thursday morning.
A strong weather front will move toward the north Gulf Coast on Thursday, bringing strong east winds and periods of moderate to heavy snowfall.
Winds combined with falling snow will produce blizzard conditions with blowing snow through portage valley and eastern Turnagain Arm beginning late Thursday morning.
The blizzard warning is in effect from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Anchorage predicts snow accumulation of 7 to 14 inches.
Visibility will be below one quarter mile at with east winds 30 to 50 mph.
Visibilities are expected to deteriorate late Thursday morning as winds increase and snow intensifies. Visibilities should gradually improve in the evening as winds diminish.
Driving is expected to become very difficult, and the weather service says whiteout conditions will likely affect Turnagain Arm and the Portage Valley.
All travel and outdoor activity is strongly discouraged.