Noon February 20, 2017
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The avalanche hazard may increase this weekend.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE Use caution on steep wind loaded slopes.
Tree Line: LOW
Below Tree Line: LOW
Last Monday and Tuesday brought 5 inches of water with the freezing line above our local peaks. This caused much avalanche activity including above 3, 5, and 5.5 mile of the highway. The backside of this storm brought significant snow above 2500 feet and further inland. (Please refer to http://alaskasnow.org/forecasts-observations/valdez/valdez-avalanche-forecasts/) Precipitation tapered through the rest of the week while temperatures decreased, bringing 4 to 6 inches of light snow above 1000 feet. Light variable winds moved available snow into protected depressions. The avalanche hazard has decreased as time allowed the snow pack to drain and refreeze.
Expect some light snow showers through the week though amounts should be negligible. The avalanche hazard may increase if we get more snow than expected.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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