• Rope tow opens on Ohlson Mountain Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, it will be open each Sunday from now on. For more information, call 235-SNOW for latest conditions
A snow blizzard dumped more than two feet on Kachemak Bay communities by Tuesday morning, and caused up to 60 mph winds in some areas and power outages.
All schools were closed from Anchor Point south to Homer when roads burdened by snow drifts proved impassible. This was the first snow day of the 2011-2012 school year.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from Monday night to 9 a.m. Tuesday. By noon, the snows had stopped, allowing road crews and residents time to clear snow.
Most public offices also closed, to avoid forcing employees out on the roads. The Homer Senior Center public meal program was closed Tuesday. The City of Homer closed all its offices, except for essential personnel in police and clearing roads and other duties. The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Homer Boys and Girls Club closed.
In the Homer Port and Harbor, harbor officials and staff cleared floats of up to two feet of snow, and were urging boat owners to clear off their boats. Winds at the end of the Homer Spit were recorded at 35 knots north east at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, said Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins.
Power outages were reported for the North Fork Road area between Anchor Point and Homer, on East End near Fritz Creek, and residents on Kachemak Drive. Homer Electric Spokesman Joe Gallagher reported having most of the power restored by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with about 18 homeowners without electricity in the Homer area.
Watch for abrupt weather switches: the outlook for today and Thursday called for rain and snow mixes, and a change to south winds. Colder temperatures down to 0 and below were to follow for Friday.
Downhill skiing opens at Ohlson Mountain this weekend, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 235-SNOW for the latest conditions. Later this month, Homer High School students Kayla Morelli and Parker Sorenson, completing their service work, will be giving free skiing and snowboarding lessons for young people.
This weekend on Sunday at Lookout Mountain, Nordic skiers will be doing a Duatholon 4 km and a 4km skate.
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