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Thu, November 21st, 2013 - 7:00AM
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Fri, November 22nd, 2013 - 7:00AM
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Wendy Wagner
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A storm is brewing.  

Many of us have been watching the satellite images, surface maps and model loops. How much snow are we going to get? How is the snow level going to fluctuate? Wind? Right now it looks like we will pick up between 1 and 2 feet on Turnagain Pass from tonight through Friday night. The snow level looks to rise mid storm, from sea level to 500ft, then cool off again for the tail end. Winds should be strong from the east.

Tune in tomorrow morning for our first official avalanche forecast!!

In anticipation of tonight’s and Friday’s weather, Kevin and I headed to Turnagain Pass to get one last look at the pre-existing snowpack. We ventured to Tincan – the most likely place to see the most folks recreating this weekend. See Kevin’s snowpack-before-the-storm VIDEO here  and photos below.  

Currently our mountains are covered with variable thicknesses of loose faceted snow. With 1 – 2 feet of new snow forecast to fall within 24 hours, it will be very likely natural avalanching will occur. This will be most pronounced at the mid and upper elevations. A person in avalanche terrain during and right after this storm should have a good chance of triggering an avalanche.  Awareness of people around you – both above and below – is essential. With most folks congregating on similar slopes (mostly due to lack of easy access to other areas), a slide triggered by one person that overruns another is something we need to keep in mind and avoid. Don’t leave your safe travel practices at home.

New Webcams!
Thanks to the AK DOT Avalanche Program there are two new webcams with snow stakes to peruse. These are on the Kenai, one is at  MP 45 across from the Summit Lake lodge  the other is at  MP 37 near the Sterling Y. The Summit Lake cam looks to be frosted over but hopefully the warm temperatures will clear it up soon.

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Weather
Thu, November 21st, 2013

Winds have shifted and temperatures are climbing as the leading edge of a low pressure system approaches from the southeast. Check out the Sunburst temperature trace. Light snowfall should begin this afternoon and intensify later tonight. Models are showing around 1.5″ of water by tomorrow night. This equates to 15″ of medium density snow around 1,000′. We will likely see more in favored areas and at the higher elevations. Winds are from the SE and forecast to increase to 60mph on the ridgetops though tonight/tomorrow then back off to the 20’s by tomorrow evening. The peak of the storm looks to be midnight tonight. We may see some rain at sea level mid-storm and ridgetop temperatures climb to ~30F. Cold air in the teens should replace the warm air rather quickly however and by tomorrow evening snow returning to sea level.

Instability showers look to set in for Saturday and Sunday. We may squeak a few more inches out of these.

Below is the 10am Infrared satellite image that our friends at the NWS in Anchorage produce.  

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Status of riding areas across the Chugach NF is managed by the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts, not avalanche center staff. Riding area information is posted as a public service to our users and updated based on snow depth and snow density to prevent resource damage at trailhead locations. Riding area questions contact: mailroom_r10_chugach@fs.fed.us

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