Copper River Highway avalanche hazard expected to remain elevated this week

Chugach National Forest. (Dec. 18, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/for The Cordova Times

10 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022

COPPER RIVER HIGHWAY AVALANCHE HAZARD

  • Current: CONSIDERABLE 
  • Outlook: The hazard will remain elevated.

BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE HAZARD

  • Above Tree Line: HIGH Avoid cornices and wind loaded slopes.
  • Tree Line: CONSIDERABLE Avoid steep slopes and glide cracks.
  • Below Tree Line: MODERATE Avoid large paths.

We received 3 inches of water Friday and Saturday, with the freezing line above our local peaks. Observations have been obscured, though avalanche activity probably occurred. Precipitation took a quick break Sunday morning, but the next storm is already upon us.

Expect another 3 inches of water tonight into Tuesday. The snow line, however, looks to be lower, fluctuating between sea level and 2,000 feet. This could translate into 10 inches at sea level and 30 inches in the upper mountains. Moderate to strong wind will load western aspects. The avalanche hazard will probably remain elevated through Tuesday.

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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