The other day I walked out of the local super store, Fred Meyer (known affectionatley as "Freddie's") and saw this truck. A sure sign of "break up" is mud everywhere. Alaskans call spring "break up" because of the way river and sea ice breaks up when things start to thaw.
This truck was actually dripping with mud.
That plug dangling from the front of the truck is for plugging in to a heater in winter to prevent freezing. In the "interior" and the far north of the state, business have electric outlets in front of parking spaces allowing you can plug in while you're in the store so you can actually start your car when you come back out.