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Avalanche Advisory

Turnagain Area Avalanche Advisory
Forecaster:   Kevin Wright  
Friday, January 6th 2012
Created: Jan 6th 6:50 am
2 Moderate Alpine / Above 2,500' Travel Advice: Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
2 Moderate Treeline / 1,000'-2,500' Travel Advice: Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
2 Moderate Below Treeline / Below 1,000' Travel Advice: Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
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The Bottom Line
Good morning. This is Kevin Wright with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center on Friday, January 6th at 7am. This will serve as 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).

BOTTOM LINE
The avalanche danger is MODERATE today. We got a healthy refresh of new snow yesterday with up to 1 foot of snow in some areas. The danger rating will stay elevated today because of some uncertainty in how the dry snow with some wind is behaving. I expect generally low hazard below treeline and in sheltered areas. Above treeline, tender windslab and loose snow avalanches are possible.


AVALANCHE DISCUSSION
The thousand-dollar question today is, How much snow and how much wind did we get yesterday? Most of our region received a modest 6-8 inches of light dry powder. We measured up to 12 inches around the Portage highway, and over in Valdez and Cordova the snowfall is being measured in feet.

The avalanche problem should continue to be mild and predictable today. Watch for stiffer pockets where the wind has blown the new surface snow. Higher elevations, rollovers, and ridge transitions are the most likely areas to find surface instability. Avalanche size potential will be small and limited to the new snow only.

Im expecting that most of our forecast area simply got improved riding conditions. With that being said, we have limited information on how the new snow is reacting, so approach the fresh snow with some stability questions in mind until you know what sort of danger exists.

MOUNTAIN WEATHER
Snowfall yesterday was 6-8 inches in most areas and 1/2 inch of water equivalent covered our region. Wind was reaching into the 30s and 40s during the beginning of the storm, but it gradually decreased during the day. Temperatures rose into the 20s mid day yesterday and dropped back into single digits overnight.

Expect mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Temperatures may rise into the teens, and wind will remain light with local gusts to the high 20s at upper elevations. Significant snow is back in the forecast for the weekend, stay tuned for more information on the approaching storm.

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I will issue the next advisory Saturday morning. If you get out in the backcountry we want to know what you are seeing. Please send us your observations using the button at the top of this page or give us a call at 754-2369. Thanks and have a great day.


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).

Winter snowmachine use open/closed status and riding conditions updates

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: May 16, 2017 )

AREA STATUS WEATHER AND RIDING CONDITIONS
Glacier District
Johnson Pass: Closed
Placer River: Closed
Skookum Drainage: Closed
Turnagain Pass: ClosedThanks all for a safe and fun season on the Chugach NF! Stay tuned for the 2017/18 season. #playsafe #snowtosealevel
Twentymile: Closed
Seward District
Carter Lake: Closed
Lost Lake Trail: Closed
Primrose Trail: Closed
Resurrection Pass Trail: ClosedResurrection Pass trail will be open to snowmachine use during the 2017/18 winter season.
Snug Harbor: Closed
South Fork Snow River Corridor: Closed
Summit Lake: Closed

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The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory provided by the Chugach National Forest, in partnership with Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.


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