Early winter 2017-18. Daily forecasts will begin when conditions warrant in mid-November.
Until then, get your brain in gear for winter:
- change the batteries in your transceiver
- refresh your avalanche skills- November 18 Avalanche Rescue Workshop, Valdez Civic Center 10am-2pm
- bookmark this forecast page
- get your riding buddies stoked to wax their skis, change their sled oil, and/or buy that floatpack they’ve been needing
- mark the date for the first of the season VAC social events – November 17 Winter is Coming Boondocker Films 12 &13, Civic Center 7pm.
Above 2,500ft None
1,800 to 2,500ft None
Below 1,800ft None
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
Strong to extreme northerly outflow winds continue to redistribute the snow available for wind transport above 4000 feet elevation.
Recent Avalanche Activity
Avalanches to size 2 ran October 26 with the three feet of snow which fell above the freezing line.
|WEATHER FORECAST for NEXT 24 HRS at 3,000 ft:|
|Temperature Forecast (Min/Max *F):||5/20|
|Ridgetop Wind Forecast (direction/mph):||NE/25-50|
|Snowfall (in/water equivalent):||0″ /0 “|
|WIND & TEMPERATURE
PAST 24 hours
|Ferry Terminal||Thompson Pass|
|Average Wind Speed (mph) / Direction||25/NE||40 /NE|
|Max Wind Gust (mph) / Direction||35/NE||55 /NE|
|Temperature Min / Max (*F)||35 /38||5 /20|
Additional Info & Media
There has been termination dust on the peaks since mid-August. October 6th was the first time it stuck at Thompson Pass. The last significant snowfall was the end of October with 49 inches recorded having fallen.
|SNOW HISTORY:||Valdez 11/13 AM||Thompson Pass 11/13 AM|
|24 Hour Snow / Water Equiv.||0”/0″||0″ /0″|
|Storm Snow /Water Equiv. (October)||?” /?”||35″ /3.9″|
|Current Snow Depth||0″||12″|
|November Snow / Water Equiv.||0″ /0″||2″ / 0.2″|
|Total Winter Snowfall / Water Equiv.||?″ /?”||49″ / 5.7″|
|Snowload in Valdez||0 lbs/sq. ft.|
|SNOWFALL at OTHER STATIONS:
LAST 24 HRS (10/22 AM)/STORM TOTAL (10/22-present)/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 (10/2017)||Depth||Snow Water Equivalent|
|Milepost 2.5 Valdez||0″||0″|
|Milepost 29 Worthington Flats||4″||?″|
|Milepost 37 Tsaina River bridge||2″||?″|
|This survey is done the first week of each month.|
- Northeast Prince William Sound NWS Weather Forecast
- Middleton Island Radar for Valdez area
- GOES Alaska water vapor satellite loop
- NOAA NWS Recreational spot forecast for Thompson Pass
- Thompson Pass MP 25.7 RWIS weather station 2740′ (Mesowest)
- Valdez Marine Ferry Terminal weather station sea level
- Nicks Happy Valley above MP 30 weather station 4200′ (scroll to Nicks Valley)
- Upper Tsaina River Snotel near MP 32 1750′
- Sugarloaf Snotel 551′
- Above Valdez Glacier Cryosphere program weather station 6600′ <map here>
- Valdez Blueberry Weather Plot observations (scroll to bottom: Valdez City)
- More Mountain Weather resources for Alaska
- GFS 16 Day Model for Valdez
- Model Average Meteogram for Valdez
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.