Ash not snow
Rita Jackson said she was taking a sip of coffee when she tasted something funny on her lips - ash.
Alaska's Mount Redoubt's first cluster of eruptions in nearly 20 years - a total of six were detected between Sunday night and Monday night - sent a volcanic ash plume more than 9 miles into the air and down into nooks and crannies.
Ash missed the state's largest city, but dusted small communities north of Anchorage. The National Weather Service had an ash advisory in effect until 5 am Tuesday for the Susitna Valley. There were no reported injuries.
The wind took ash away from Anchorage, toward Willow and Talkeetna, near Mount McKinley, North America's largest mountain.
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Image: In this photo released by the Alaska Volcano Observatory/US Geological Survey, steam rises from the top vent in the summit crater of Alaska's Mount Redoubt, on March 21, 2009.
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