1 p.m. Thursday, February 4, 2016
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The avalanche hazard should remain the same through the weekend.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE Use caution around cornices and steep slopes
Tree Line: LOW
Below Tree Line: LOW
Warm wet weather has dominated since the end of December. Heavy rain in the upper mountains caused several avalanches, with large avalanches occurring in the beginning of January and smaller ones at the end of January. Cold dry weather last weekend allowed the snow pack to drain and refreeze. A couple inches of wet snow fell in the upper mountains in the last few days. Currently we have no snow below 1000 feet, 2½ feet at 1500 feet, and over 8 feet above 2500 feet.
Expect increasing precipitation today with strong east wind and the freezing line above our local peaks. Weather models suggest an inch of water today into Friday. Avalanches may occur in the upper mountains but should remain small. The freezing line may come down overnight as precipitation tapers Friday. Light precipitation looks to linger through the weekend and increase again Sunday night through Tuesday.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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