Avalanche hazard remains moderate, but should decrease through Thursday

An avalanche at Rude River Corridor, triggered by a heli skier on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kevin Quinn/for The Cordova Times

Noon Tuesday, December 7, 2021
 
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD

Current: MODERATE 
Outlook: The hazard should decrease through Thursday.

BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
 
Above Tree Line: CONSIDERABLE  Avoid steep western aspects and cornices.
Tree Line: CONSIDERABLE  Avoid steep western aspects.
Below Tree Line: MODERATE  Use caution around steep terrain.
 
A large storm brought heavy precipitation Sunday evening through Monday. Initially, snow fell to sea level. The freezing line rose to around 500 feet Monday night. 2-3 inches of water translated into a couple feet of new snow above 500 feet. Moderate to strong wind loaded western aspects. Avalanche observations have been obscured.
 
Expect some very light precipitation to linger through Tuesday night with temperatures decreasing and light wind becoming north. Conditions look to remain dry Wednesday and Thursday with north wind increasing. The avalanche hazard should slowly decrease as time allows the snowpack to adjust and stabilize. Natural avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches are still probable Tuesday. Backcountry users should choose terrain wisely.
 
Backcountry forecasts sponsored by:
Alaska Avalanche Information Center
For more avalanche information from around Alaska visit:
alaskasnow.org
 
Current avalanche activity is an important factor in avalanche forecasting. Please report all observed avalanche activity.