Winter Storms Batter Alaska

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Healy crew breaks ice 165 miles south of Nome, Alaska, creating a path for the tanker Renda to follow Jan. 8, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard/flickr)

Most people residing in the lower 48 wouldn't imagine snow posing much of a challenge to Alaskans. However, some recent extreme weather has left two towns on Prince William Sound struggling to regain access to the outside world. To cope, Cordova has called in the National Guard to help battle huge snowdrifts while Nome is seeking fuel supplies from a Russian tanker.

Allen Marquette is public information officer at the Incident Command Center.

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