Dozens of National Guard members are helping the fishing town of Cordova dig out from mountains of snow that collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and trapped some people in homes...Icebreaker Slowly Carves Path for Tanker to Bring Emergency Fuel to Alaska - NYTimes.com
...The Healy is trying to keep the Renda 0.3 mile behind the Coast Guard cutter as it breaks through 3 feet of ice. But the ice conditions are changing constantly, and when they reach heavier ice, the path is closing between the two ships.
In those cases, the Healy has to double back to relax the pressure from the surrounding ice. The scale of the mission is unprecedented for the Coast Guard in the Arctic, Tlapa said.
Bulgarian Top Cop Blames Snow Removal Firms for Road ChaosEighty-seven years later, Nome is again locked in a dark and frigid winter — a record cold spell has pushed temperatures to minus 40 degrees, cracked hotel pipes and even reduced turnout at the Mighty Musk Oxen’s pickup hockey games...Renda the Russian tanker has been en route for nearly a month — and it is unclear whether she will ever arrive.
...How Nome ended up short on fuel this winter is a complicated issue unto itself, but trying to get the Renda here to help has become a sub-Arctic odyssey — and perhaps a clunky practice run for a future in which climate change and commercial interests make shipping through Arctic routes more common....It has had to alter its route to avoid the world’s most substantial population of a federally protected sea duck called the spectacled eider.
As of Monday, the Renda and the Healy were about 140 miles south of Nome, having made little progress from the night before. Wind, current and the brutal cold are causing complications with breaking what is known as first-year ice — the kind that forms each winter and melts in the summer as opposed to lasting year-round. As soon as the Healy breaks open a channel, ice closes in behind it, squeezing the Renda.
...Officials say Nome could run out of heating oil by March. A normal fuel barge cannot make the trip until ice melts in June or July.
The Minister's statements were triggered by the crisis situation in the last three days where the above mentioned highways were blocked while an emergency situation was declared in a number of municipalities over snow covered roads, cutting them off from the rest of the country.