9 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2016
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The avalanche hazard should continue to decrease through next week.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE Use caution around wind loaded southwestern slopes.
Tree Line: LOW Be wary of what is above.
Below Tree Line: LOW Beware the lack of base.
A ½ inch of water fell Thursday with the freezing line climbing near 1000 feet. Moderate northeast winds accompanied. A few small avalanches occurred on steep southwest slopes above tree line. We now have a couple inches of refrozen snow at sea level increasing to 3 feet of dry snow above 2000 feet. Temperatures have dropped as skies have cleared and winds have shifted northerly.
Expect dry cold weather to continue through next week. North winds should slowly come down this weekend. Isolated wind slab avalanches may occur above tree line. Otherwise, the avalanche hazard should continue to decrease as time allows further snow pack bonding.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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