Noon Monday, March 10, 2014
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The hazard may increase further this week.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: CONSIDERABLE Use increasing caution around wind loaded western slopes.
Tree Line: MODERATE
Below Tree Line: LOW Beware the lack of base.
Our warm wet meltdown in January left us with no snow up to 1000 feet and a shallow, rain soaked, refrozen snow pack at tree line and above. Mid February brought 3 feet of cold, light snow at all elevations. Some avalanche activity occurred. Bonding has improved locally, though reports suggest some instability still lingers in the deeper and higher Chugach Mountains. The February snow has since settled to about a foot. We received a couple inches of snow Wednesday and again Sunday.
A series of back to back storms will bring ample precipitation through the next week. Models suggest 3 inches of water tonight into Wednesday. Expect mixed rain and snow at sea level and all snow above tree line. Moderate to strong winds will blow from the east. Rapid loading may cause some avalanche activity, especially on wind loaded western aspects above tree line. The next storm will follow quickly on its heels. The avalanche hazard may increase as new snow accumulates.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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