Friday, December 27th 2013 7:00 am by Kevin Wright
ARCHIVED ADVISORY - All advisories expire after 24 hours from the posting date/time.
Continued red flags, including whoomphing (collapsing) in the snowpack are keeping the danger rating at MODERATE above treeline. Steeper slopes should be approached with caution, as the slab/weak layer problem is well understood. Despite the duration we've had without new snow, lingering instability is keeping us wary of steeper terrain.
Snow is forecasted for this evening, meaning a small increase in the avalanche danger is expected tomorrow.
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The poor structure of the snowpack is the culprit behind the collapsing that's keeping us worried. The most reactive layers we've been seeing are the facets above the early December "drizzle" crust (see pit profile here). This layer is showing a tendency to propagate in some pit tests, and we believe it is the big player in most of the recent natural and skier triggered avalanches.
There remains some evidence of wind slab avalanche activity from the wind storm on Monday. On Thursday we found numerous mid slope crown lines near Crow Pass from avalanches that presumably happened during that wind event. We can expect some areas to be holding stiff wind slab that didn't slide spontaneously, but may be triggered by a person hitting a trigger point.
Weather has been consistently benign since Monday with cold, clear, and calm conditions. Temperatures are a little warmer at the ridgetops today, so don't let cold Anchorage temperatures keep you at home today.
Look for increasing clouds today, and snowfall is expected to commence tonight in Eastern Turnagain Arm. Up to 4-8 inches of snow is in the forecast for tonight!
The storm will be short lived as the front sweeps across southcentral Alaska, with snow tapering Saturday morning and ending.
This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area (this advisory does not apply to highways, railroads, or operating ski areas).
Riding status is not associated with avalanche danger. An area will be open to motorized use in accordance to the Forest Management Plan when snow coverage is adequate to protect underlying vegetation. Backcountry hazards including avalanche hazard are always present regardless of the open status of motorized use areas.
(Updated: Apr 15, 2019 )
|AREA||STATUS||WEATHER AND RIDING CONDITIONS|
|Johnson Pass:||Closed||Closed as of 4.3.19|
|Placer River:||Closed||Closed as of 3.20.19 due to lack of snow.|
|Skookum Drainage:||Closed||Placer access closed as of 3.20.19 due to lack of snow.|
|Twentymile:||Closed||Closed as of 3.20.19 due to lack of snow.|
|Lost Lake Trail:||Closed||Closed as of 3.22.19 due to lack of snow|
|Primrose Trail:||Closed||Closed as of 4.3.19 due to lack of snow|
|Resurrection Pass Trail:||Closed||Closed for the 2018/19 season. Next season will be open to motorized use.|
|Snug Harbor:||Open||Rainbow Lake was still frozen with small patches of melting ice as of Sunday afternoon Apr 14th. Snow is melting fast along the first 1/2 mile of road from trailhead.|
|South Fork Snow River Corridor:||Closed||Closed as of 3.20.19 due to lack of snow.|
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