The North outflow winds are back. If you ski or high mark a slope with wind affect, it has a much greater chance of sliding than unscathed powder snow.
Above 2,500ft Considerable
1,800 to 2,500ft Low
Below 1,800ft Low
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
|TUESDAY||WEDNESDAY||THURSDAY & FRIDAY|
Elevation: Above 2500″
Aspect: Lee to northerly winds
Terrain: Near ridges, gullies, rollovers
Likelihood (Human Triggered): Possible
Size: Small – Large
Danger Trend: Increasing
Forecaster Confidence: Fair
AVALANCHE PROBLEM SCALE DESCRIPTORS:
Sensitivity: Non-reactive, Stubborn, Responsive, Touchy
Distribution: Isolated, Specific, Widespread
Likelihood: Unlikely, Possible, Likely, Nearly Certain
Size: Small, Large, Very Large (size scale <here>)
Danger Trend: Increasing, Steady, Decreasing
Forecaster Confidence: Good, Fair, Poor
AVALANCHE PROBLEM TOOLBOX <here>
Maritime (Coastal) Specific:
Wind protected areas hold the best, least avalanche prone snow right now. Due to last nights 60MPH winds, some fresh windslabs have been formed and will continue to form today. The chance of starting an avalanche on wind affected snow(even a little wind affect) is more likely than on unscathed powder snow.
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Recent Avalanche Activity
Maritime (Coastal) Specific:
- 2/13-14: Numerous wet avalanches below the rain line (+-3000′) around the Port.
- 2/18: Natural sluff avalanches (loose snow) observed on sunny south facing aspects from solar radiation.
|WEATHER FORECAST for NEXT 24 HRS at 3,000 ft:|
|Temperature Forecast (Min/Max *F):||1 / 7|
|Ridgetop Wind Forecast (direction/mph):||NE / 50-70|
|Snowfall (in/water equivalent):||0.0″ / 0.0″|
|WIND & TEMPERATURE
PAST 24 hours
|Ferry Terminal||Thompson Pass|
|Average Wind Speed (mph) / Direction||14 / NE||35 / NE|
|Max Wind Gust (mph) / Direction||38 / NE||63 / NE|
|Temperature Min / Max (*F)||28 / 34||12 / 16|
Weather Forecast: Clear in the morning with a chance of overcast skies rolling in this afternoon. STRONG Outflow winds will reach the 35 MPH range in town and 50-70 MPH on the pass. No sign of any precipitation for the near future.
Additional Info & Media
|SNOW HISTORY:||Valdez 2/28 AM||Thompson Pass 2/28 AM|
|24 Hour Snow / Water Equiv.||0”/0″||0″ /0″|
|Storm Snow /Water Equiv. (2/23)||0” /0″||2″ /0.1″|
|Current Snow Depth||48″||42″|
|February Snow / Water Equiv.||44.9″ /5″||44″ / 5.1″|
|Total Winter Snowfall / Water Equiv.||222.8″ /20.9”||283″ / 27.7″|
|Snowload in Valdez||~ lbs/sq. ft.|
|SNOWFALL at OTHER STATIONS:
LAST 24 HRS (2/24 AM)/STORM TOTAL (2/22-23)/STORM WATER EQUIV.:
|Nicks Valley at 4200 ft (in):||0″ / 0″ / 0″|
|Upper Tsaina at 1750 ft (in):||0″ / 0″ / 0″|
|Sugarloaf at 550 ft (in):||0″/ 0″ / 0″|
|SNOW DEPTH & WATER SURVEY (2/28/2017)||Depth||Snow Water Equivalent|
|Milepost 2.5 Valdez||41.8″||12″|
|Milepost 29 Worthington Flats||63.6″||18.6″|
|Milepost 37 Tsaina River bridge||49.3″||12.5″|
|This survey is done the first week of each month.|
- NWS forecast for Northeast Prince William Sound <here>
- NOAA NWS spot forecast for Thompson Pass <here>
- Thompson Pass RWIS weather station <here>
- MP 30 Nicks (Happy) Valley weather station at 4200 feet <here> (scroll to Nicks Valley)
- Valdez Glacier UAF weather station at 6600 feet <data here> <map here>
- Further weather resources <here>
SNOW CLIMATE ZONES:
- Maritime (Coastal) – from the Port of Valdez to Thompson Pass, all waters flowing into Valdez Arm and everything south of Marshall Pass.
- Inter-mountain (Transitional) – between Thompson Pass and Rendezvous Lodge.
- Continental (Interior) – the dry north side of the Chugach (north of 46 Mile, including the Tonsina River).
Photo of Thompson Pass
Interactive Map of Valdez Forecast Areas w/ Many Resource Layers (Trevor Grams)
NEWS: Our region is “one of the snowiest places on earth” – Serendipity / Rendezvous snowfall record set in 1963 <here>.
Free smart phone avalanche forecasts at: http://www.