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Snow Blankets Anchorage

Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, declared a snow emergency, while thousands of households entered the weekend without power after a winter storm broke records on back-to-back days last week. Snowfall totals in some areas in southcentral Alaska surpassed 2 feet in the course of 48 hours.

At least four homeless residents died while outdoors over the past week, bringing the city's total to 49 this year. The figure is more than double that of last year, with officials saying the deaths highlight the ongoing housing challenges in the city. Anchorage has an estimated 3,150 homeless residents—about four times its shelter capacity after officials ended the use of a downtown sports arena to host beds. Mayor Dave Bronson made headlines over the summer after a proposal to provide one-way airfare to more temperate locations.

Forecasters expect another 6 to 8 inches of snow today. See photos from last week's storm here.

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