Nightly News   |  January 10, 2012

Alaska town buried in snow

Rescue operations are underway in Cordova, Alaska, where the whole town is sitting under almost 15 feet of snow. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> it is worth noting that where we were in new hampshire this afternoon, it was 45 degrees, and in this land of sturdy people who are winter professionals, that's nothing. people here were walking around in light skbrajackets today. this primary is normally fought in the snow. this year, it's been so mild, at least the weather if, if not the politics. however, the weather is making headlines in alaska where one town is buried in snow, another is iced in and hoping to get another fuel to last the winter. nbc's kristen dahlgren has more.

>> reporter: this is extreme. in cordova, population 2,500, jeff bailey can barely see his house.

>> i have to tunnel in straight to the front door.

>> the whole town is snowed in almost 15 feet. many are using social media to show the rest of the world what they're going through. even these hardy souls had to ask for help from the national guard . the mayor declared a disaster and dozens of troops are digging out.

>> what's the biggest concern for you?

>> the next storm coming in is just going to increase the hazard possibility.

>> reporter: that next storm is now. another one to two feet expected, increasing the danger of avalanches. 700 miles away --

>> as soon as we get out of the critical range, i'll tell you.

>> getting to gnome through all of this ice. for an ice breaker trying to lead a russian fuel tanker on a resupply mission. at times, the mission comes to a halt and the coast guard can't say if they'll make it.

>> of.

>> we'll get stuck and then escorting them --

>> vital fuel that now may not get there until spring, a season that for many can't come soon enough. kristen dahlgren, nbc news.