11 a.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Current: Below Threshold.
Outlook: The CRH avalanche season should officially begin next week.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE in the upper mountains
Tree Line: LOW
Below Tree Line: Below Threshold.
We received 3 inches of water from Saturday into Tuesday while the freezing level was well above our local peaks. This left no snow up to 2000 feet and a patchy shallow snowpack above tree line. Another inch of water fell Tuesday night to Wednesday night with the freezing line near 1500 feet. This translated into a couple inches of wet snow at 1500 feet and probably a foot of new snow in the upper mountains. Precipitation ended last night and clear skies brought the freezing line down to sea level.
Expect a mostly clear dry day today. A large low is slipping by to the south of us. This should bring us light rain and snow tonight through Saturday. Models suggest less than a ¼ inch of water. Avalanche activity is not expected. Temperatures should start to decrease Saturday night, while the weakening low continues to bring mostly snow through Tuesday. Another storm looks to bring more snow Wednesday through Friday. The avalanche hazard will increase as new snow accumulates.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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