Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot Gullys 1 and 2, Government Peak, and above Archangel trail

Route & General Observations

Road observations and close up look with binos at Natural avalanches on Marmot that crossed the road near Archangel. Road is closed until clearing can occur, likely Wednesday.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Two natural avalanches reported around 8:30 am 3/19 that crossed road near Archangel off of Marmot. Debris estimated at 4-6' deep and 100' wide for both avalanches.
Likely new storm slabs on old melt freeze crusts overloaded old persistent slab. TBD
N-SS-R3D3-I/O (x2) Marmot avys S/SW 4000'
N-SS-R2D2.5-I/O Govt peak SW aspect and above Archangel trail SE/E aspect

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Natural avalanches

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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12" of new snow, rapid load with 2"/hour for 4 hours early morning. Warm temps throughout storm. Winds picking up ENE 10-14 mph G 25-30 mph at 3505'. Winds SSE 8-12 mph G 15-20 mph at 4500'.
Temps in the mid 20's F at 3505 and low-20's F at 4500' most of the day.

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