9 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The avalanche hazard may increase Wednesday.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE Use caution around steep loaded western slopes.
Tree Line: LOW Be wary of the lack of base.
Below Tree Line: LOW
We received between a ½ and ¾ inch of water Thursday, with light east winds and the freezing line at around 1500 feet. Precipitation ended and temperatures cooled early Friday morning, while winds shifted northeast. This left a trace of rained on snow at sea level, and a refrozen rain crust on a half foot of unconsolidated snow at 1500 feet. Above tree line, up to 6 inches of denser new snow fell on our previous cold light snow as winds moved snow west and then southwest. A few small avalanches occurred on steep western aspects above tree line.
Expect clear, cool, dry weather to promote stability. Backcountry users should use caution on loaded western slopes above tree line. Also, sunshine may create some small loose snow avalanches on steep southern slopes above tree line. The avalanche hazard may increase Wednesday with the next expected storm.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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