It has now been two weeks since the weather has delivered any significant loading. Several inches of low density snow sit on the surface in many locations. With the current snowpack set up, it will still be important to clue into the following minor issues:
Loose Snow Avalanches-
Both dry and damp sluffing will be possible in steep terrain. Volume of these sluffs will be very low. If venturing onto steep and large unsupported slopes pay attention to any loose snow that releases. On sunlit aspects expect sluffs to move slow and entrain enough snow to knock you over. This issue will be more serious if traveling above terrain traps such as cliffs, gullies or vegetation.
Wind slabs –
Isolated pockets of older wind slab 6-8” deep may be encountered when getting into higher elevation terrain. Areas on the periphery of the forecast zone (Girdwood Valley and Summit Lake) may be harboring more of these pockets. For those taking advantage of the pleasant conditions and getting into the high alpine, it will be important to be on the lookout for these slabs.
Glide cracks are scattered around the forecast area. Figuring out the timing of their release is very difficult at best. With warm temps and sunshine the possibility exists for glides to release. But really it’s anyone’s guess. These avalanches do not follow the normal rules of avalanche release. With this in mind do your best to minimize time spent under any glide cracks.
Yesterday’s theme was clear, calm and mild. Ridgetop temperatures were in the 20s F with some valley locations experiencing an inversion and cooler temps. Winds were light out of the Northeast. No new precipitation fell.
High pressure covering a majority of mainland Alaska will keep conditions similar for today. Clear skies, very light wind and relatively mild temps are on tap. The sun combined with mild air temps will be a destabilizing factor today as ridegtop temps look to climb into the low 30s F.
The extended outlook is calling for a continuation of this pattern through the weekend. High pressure over the area will keep all moisture well to our South as we head into the early part of the week.
|Temp Avg (F)||Snow (in)||Water (in)||Snow Depth (in)|
|Center Ridge (1880′)||25||0||0||31|
|Summit Lake (1400′)||14||0||0||8|
|Alyeska Mid (1700′)||19||0||0||19|
|Temp Avg (F)||Wind Dir||Wind Avg (mph)||Wind Gust (mph)|
|Seattle Ridge (2400′)||26||VAR||3||10|
|01/16/21||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan Trees||A Schauer Forecaster|
|01/15/21||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst||Schauer/ Wunnicke Forecaster|
|01/13/21||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan||Johnston-Bloom / Moderow Forecaster|
|01/13/21||Turnagain||Observation: Center Ridge Meadows||Alaska Avalanche School Rec Level 1 Roberts|
|01/12/21||Turnagain||Avalanche: Seattle Ridge/Center Ridge||A Schauer Forecaster|
|01/11/21||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan Trees||Schauer/ Roberts Forecaster|
|01/10/21||Turnagain||Observation: Center Ridge Meadows||Alaska Avalanche School Pro 1 Course Latosuo|
|01/10/21||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan trees||Anonymous|
|01/09/21||Turnagain||Observation: Johnson Pass||Anonymous|
|01/08/21||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst meadow between Hemlocks||Anonymous|
|Area||Status||Weather & Riding Conditions|