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Last Updated: Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by Erik Stevens (Disclaimer | About This Page)
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Recent Weather Summary (Chart):

January 1st brought 13" of snow at Customs, ranging to 2.5 feet of fresh in the alpine. The snow was rightside-up, low density at the top. Very strong north winds came in from the 2nd-5th, hammering all alpine slopes.

The 8th-9th brought an end to the north winds, and a strong warming trend, with alpine temperatures jumping 10-15 degrees F and settling just below freezing.

From the 12th-17th, Haines received 5 to 6" of rain, with 3-4" at Customs. Snow levels during this time were 2000-3500ft. In the alpine, 4-6 feet of wet snow probably fell. South winds were moderate during the storms.

From the 20th-23rd: 4.5-7.5" of precipitation fell in the valleys, with amounts of 6-10" over the mountains (that's enough for 2+ meters of fresh snow!). Snow levels started near 500ft, and rose to around 3000ft on the 22nd before dropping on the 23rd.

Saturday will be a brief break in the storm. By evening though the next storm will bring rain/snow, possibly heavy. Snow levels should decrease to near 1500ft. Winds will be variable and gusty.

Sunday is looking colder and with some light snow signaling the end to a week of intense storminess. We will finally see some colder arctic air filter in from the north this week, though nothing too cold. Monday and Tuesday will be gorgeous days -- clear, cool, breezy. Things look snowy for Wednesday onward.

Lutak Zone (see map)

Danger: Considerable See Scale
This has been quite a week...Haines recorded 7.44" of rain in 4 days, putting us into record territory for January precipitation (14" and counting).

Above 3000ft this was almost all snowfall, and amounts are probably around 6 to 9 feet. All this on top of last week's 6 feet of fresh. Of course the settled depth of new snow will compress to around half that.

This is all great news for our mountain snowpack. As temperatures continue to drop and the heavy new snow settles and bonds, stability is increasing.

That said, last night brought around 2 feet of fresh snow in the alpine, and very strong south winds. Thus we have thick new wind slabs and human-triggered avalanches are still likely.

Give all this new snow some time to settle. It's definitely not set up yet.

Transitional Zone (see map)

Danger: Considerable See Scale
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Chilkat Pass Zone (see map)

Danger: Considerable See Scale
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