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Iditarod: Snow-Starved Anchorage Has to Haul Snow in by Train Load

Train leaves Fairbanks to deliver snow for Iditarod

A train loaded with snow was leaving Fairbanks Wednesday, to deliver its payload to a snow-starved Anchorage in time for the Iditarod ceremonial start there Saturday. Race officials announced Wednesday that the start would be shortened from its usual 11-mile course to just 3 miles. FULL STORY: http://on.adn.com/1nipnMS

Posted by Alaska Dispatch News on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 44th Iditarod kicks off with the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m., with the restart being held the following day on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. in Willow. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s for Saturday and Sunday. A lack of snow this year has put a damper on some of the typical Iditarod traditions by forcing the committee to shorten the ceremonial start to 3 miles from the original 11 miles.

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According to Tim Sullivan, Manager of External Affairs at Alaska Railroad, this morning Alaska Railroad arrived in Anchorage with 7 train cars full of snow from Fairbanks. That’s 350 cubic yards of snow.

Sullivan Added that this is the first time they have done something like this for the race.

Winners of the Iditarod have finished the race in eight days. The outlook for that stretch of time doesn’t look to bring much snow. The climate prediction center estimates below normal precipitation with above normal temperatures for much of Alaska.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Monica Cryan and Tracey Anthony

Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan - Alaska Railroad
Image: Tim Sullivan – Alaska Railroad

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