Issued: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 1PM

Expires: Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Above 2,000ft Considerable

1,000 to 2,000ft Moderate

Below 1,000ft Low

Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?

1. Low
2. Moderate
3. Considerable
4. High
5. Extreme

Avalanche Danger Rose ?

Avalanche Problems ?

Problem Details

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Weather

Previously we had a facetted, wind hammered, variable snow pack. 2 inches of water fell Friday night into Saturday with the freezing line at our local peaks. This probably caused some wet avalanches on steep slopes at tree line and above. Further inland, colder temperatures created a snow pack more similar to Thompson Pass. (see https://alaskasnow.org/forecasts-observations/valdez/ ) Another ½ inch of water fell Saturday night as the freezing line came down to sea level, leaving 6 inches of new snow above 1500 feet. Light snow lingered Sunday, but the freezing line rose again to our local peaks last night as the next storm approached. Temperature have now come back down, bringing more snow to sea level. East wind continues.

Expect snow to continue down to sea level and taper Tuesday. We may get 6 to 10 inches of new snow. The avalanche hazard will remain elevated through Tuesday as our snow pack adjusts. Conditions should dry out Wednesday, allowing the avalanche hazard to decrease. Some light snow is expected Thursday night, while next weekend should be dry.

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Hoots Witsoe

Forecaster: Hoots Witsoe