Avalanche hazard remains at moderate with new overnight snowfall

Cordova. (Dec. 1, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

5 p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2021
 
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
 
Current: MODERATE 
 
Outlook: The hazard will remain elevated through Friday.
 
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 fast storm has begun to push through. Expect heavy precipitation with moderate to strong winds Thursday night into Friday morning. Models suggest an inch plus of water and the freezing line around sea level. This should translate into a foot of snow. Natural avalanche activity may occur during the heat of the storm, though activity is unlikely to affect the highway. Precipitation looks to slow down Friday morning and taper through the day. Backcountry users should use extra caution through Friday while the snow pack adjusts.
 
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.