Cold wreaks havoc in Alaska

Wednesday was the worst.

Amid the deepest cold snap in a decade, the National Weather Service station in West Anchorage yesterday registered it's 10th straight day of double-digit negative temperatures -- with the coldest day all winter. The mercury fell to minus 19.

But that official reading for Anchorage came in one of the warmest spots in town.

At the University of Alaska Anchorage, early-rising college students there met the day at minus 24. At the Campbell Creek Science Center east of Elmore Road, the caretaker's expensive thermometer logged minus 31 degrees.

Driving north from Anchorage, the readings fell even further. A frigid spot in Eagle River registered minus 38. In Palmer it was minus 40. In Willow minus 47.

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