The recent storm deposited up to 3′ of snow in the Alpine and had sustained winds in the 30-40s. There is evidence throughout the terrain of cross and top-loading. It is possible to trigger an wind slab in steep leeward terrain. Look for cracking, listen for hollow sounds and avoid stiff, pillowed snow. In addition, there is a lot of snow available for transport if the winds pick up at all today. There were a few small human triggered wind slab avalanches observed in the Tincan Common Bowl and along CFR ridge yesterday.
Winds and new snow have also added to already large cornices. These are quite hazardous, they often break much farther back than expected and can trigger avalanches on the slopes below. This happened throughout the region last weekend.
Yesterday a snowmachine triggered a cornice fall and took an unexpected dip off the ridge into Warm-up Bowl (-1 Bowl).
We are continuing to investigate how the recent storm has bonded to the old snow surfaces, especially areas that may harbor persistent weak layers and rain crusts. Last weekend there was a large snowmachine triggered avalanche in Groundhog Creek, in the Johnson Pass region, that ran on buried surface hoar. We do not have recent information from that area and that layer may still be reactive.
This last storm also may have buried a newer layer of surface hoar formed last weekend and/or faceted snow resting on the 1/27 rain crust. These layers were reactive during the storm but we did not observe human triggered avalanche activity on these layers yesterday or have concerning stability test results. Observers were reporting good bonding at the old snow/new snow interface and to the 1/27 rain crust. However, we are not ruling out the possibility of triggering an avalanche on a persistent weak layer today. Look and listen for whumpfing, collapsing and cracking, these are snowpack red flags that indicate unstable snow. Avoid thin spots, steep convexities and rocky areas. These are all possible trigger points in the terrain. This type of avalanche problem may be triggered by the 1st person on the slope or the 15th. It is important to not overload slopes with multiple riders all at once.
Glide cracks still litter the terrain in the Treeline elevation:1000′ – 2500′. New glide cracks continue to appear. Travel underneath should be avoided. They are totally unpredictable, regularly releasing and producing glide avalanches that would be unsurvivable. Yesterday a high mark was observed on Seattle Ridge directly underneath one. Scope out the terrain you want to travel in to avoid this type of exposure.
Photo: glide crack on Petes South
Yesterday started out cloudy and there was a burst of precipitation in the morning. 2-4″ of new snow fell in a few hours. There was afternoon clearing with partly cloudy skies and sunshine. Temperatures were in the 20Fs at upper elevations and in the 30Fs at the road level. NE winds were light throughout the day and overnight.
Today will be partly sunny with increasing clouds in the afternoon and a chance of snow showers. Winds will be Easterly 10-25 mph and temperatures will be in the mid-20Fs to mid 30Fs.
Tonight and into tomorrow will be cloudy and snowy again as the next storm moves into the area. 3-7″ of snow is forecasted to fall overnight. Rain and snow showers will continue to be the pattern for the next few days.
PRECIPITATION 24-hour data (6am – 6am)
|Temp Avg (F)||Snow (in)||Water (in)||Snow Depth (in)|
|Center Ridge (1880′)||27||4||.5||111|
|Summit Lake (1400′)||27||0||0||31|
|Alyeska Mid (1700′)||30||2||.15||86|
|Temp Avg (F)||Wind Dir||Wind Avg (mph)||Wind Gust (mph)|
|Seattle Ridge (2400′)||24||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|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|
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: email@example.com
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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.