10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Outlook: The avalanche hazard may increase.
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
Above Tree Line: MODERATE Use caution around cornices and glide cracks.
Tree Line: LOW
Below Tree Line: LOW
For the most part, we have no snow below 1500 feet and between 2 and 4 feet in the upper mountains. Over a week ago, we received 5 inches of water with the freezing level above our local peaks. Some wet avalanche activity occurred in the upper mountains. Also, a few cornices failed and glide cracks opened. Precipitation ended a week ago, allowing the snow pack to drain and stability to increase.
Expect light precipitation tapering but lingering through the week. Models suggest ¾ inch of water today and a ¼ inch Wednesday. Diurnal temperatures will cause the freezing level to fluctuate between sea level and our local peaks. This will probably create small new snow avalanche activity in the upper mountains during the heat of the day. Glide crack and cornice failure is less likely, though consequences are larger. The avalanche hazard may increase.
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Steve “Hoots” Witsoe
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