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Icy Roads Close Fairbanks State Offices, Schools, UAF Classes

Published On: Jan 24 2014 06:11:46 AM AKST   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 01:06:57 PM AKST

Fairbanks state offices, university classes and schools are closed Friday, a day after the region was paralyzed by widespread rain and icy roads. Four Mat-Su Borough schools' bus service has also limited by similar conditions.

According to a Twitter post from the state Department of Administration shortly after 11 a.m., executive branch offices in Fairbanks will remain closed for the rest of the day. Officials had been delaying openings to see if conditions improved Friday.

In an earlier statement on the University of Alaska Fairbanks website announcing the class cancellation, officials urge students and staff to exercise caution walking or driving in the area.

"University offices will remain open, however employees should evaluate road conditions in their area and use their own judgment about whether they can safely travel to campus for work," officials wrote. "Those employees who can safely travel should come to work."

UAF says employees may work from home, if it's appropriate.

According to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s website, schools and school-related activities have been canceled due to “extremely hazardous and impassable road conditions.”

All Mat-Su Borough School District facilities are open Friday, according to a post on Channel 2’s Facebook page by district officials. Four schools, however -- Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, and Willow elementary schools, as well as the Susitna Valley High School – have limited bus stops for students.

“For Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, and Su Valley, buses will be picking up at the Parks Highway, Talkeetna Spur Road, Hatcher Pass Road, and Petersville Road stops only,” district officials wrote. “Buses for Willow students living in the Caswell Lakes or Hidden Hills areas will pick up only at the Parks Highway/Hidden Hills stops.”

Thursday saw eight MSBSD schools were closed due to poor road conditions, with freezing rain across the Fairbanks area causing numerous collisions and temporarily closing the local airport.