Alaska's winter was so warm, it's shipping snow to Anchorage for the Iditarod
March 4, 2016 - Uncategorized
This winter was a no-show throughout most of Alaska, forcing officials in charge of the iconic sled dog race known as the Iditarod to bring snow by train from Fairbanks to Anchorage, where the race’s ceremonial start is on Saturday.
Seven rail cars transported snow between the two cities beginning on Wednesday. A tarp will cover the snow in Anchorage in case it rains before the race begins, according to Karl Heidelbach, Iditarod Anchorage start coordinator.
The Iditarod course follows a 1,000-mile winding path across Arctic tundra to Nome. Parts of the course have been described as a sheet of ice due to melting snow and rainfall followed by cold temperatures. Read more…