Above 2,500ft Moderate
1,800 to 2,500ft None
Below 1,800ft None
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
Strong to extreme northerly outflow winds through much of November redistributed the snow available for wind transport above 4000 feet elevation. New snow starting Tuesday November 28 has been drifted into soft slab drifts up to two feet thick in the upper elevations.
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):||10/17|
|Ridgetop Wind Forecast (direction/mph):||SE/5-10|
|Snowfall (in/water equivalent):||6″ /0.6 “|
|WIND & TEMPERATURE
PAST 24 hours
|Ferry Terminal||Thompson Pass|
|Average Wind Speed (mph) / Direction||5/var||10 /SE|
|Max Wind Gust (mph) / Direction||10/NE||35 /NE|
|Temperature Min / Max (*F)||30 /33||5 /28|
6-8 inches of snowfall Wednesday. Clearing Thursday.
Clouds and a snowflake Saturday.
Big dump starting Sunday?
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 34 inches at the end of October. This season 58 inches have been recorded having fallen.
|SNOW HISTORY:||Valdez 11/28 AM||Thompson Pass 11/30 AM|
|24 Hour Snow / Water Equiv.||”/”||7″ /0.7″|
|Storm Snow /Water Equiv.||” /”||7″ /0.7″|
|Current Snow Depth||″||16″|
|November Snow / Water Equiv.||″ /”||18″ / 1.3″|
|Total Winter Snowfall / Water Equiv.||″ /”||65″ / 6.8″|
|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):||” / ” / “|
|Upper Tsaina at 1750 ft (in):||” / ” / “|
|Sugarloaf at 550 ft (in):||“/ ” / “|
|SNOW DEPTH & WATER SURVEY (10/2017)||Depth||Snow Water Equivalent|
|Milepost 2.5 Valdez||″||″|
|Milepost 29 Worthington Flats||″||″|
|Milepost 37 Tsaina River bridge||″||″|
|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.