Copper River Highway avalanche hazard moderate and increasing

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 Sunday, January 9, 2022
 
COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD
 
Current: MODERATE 
 
Outlook: The hazard will increase overnight.
 
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD
 
Above Tree Line: CONSIDERABLE  Avoid steep wind loaded aspects.
 
Tree Line: MODERATE  Use caution around steep slopes.
    
Below Tree Line: MODERATE  Be wary of roof slides.
 
 
A dramatic change in weather has begun. Models suggest 2 inches of water Sunday and Monday. Precipitation has started as snow down to sea level, but the freezing level looks to climb to 2,000 feet Monday. This should translate into 20 inches of snow in the upper mountains and a bunch of slop at sea level. Moderate to strong wind will load western aspects. The avalanche hazard will increase overnight. The rest of the week will continue to be busy with snow and rain, so the avalanche hazard will probably remain elevated.
 
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.
 
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