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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Road Observation along Seward Hwy and Portage Valley

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Route & General Observations

Road observations from Girdwood to Portage Valley and Turnagain Pass to Johnson Pass.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Several recent avalanches were observed in large slide paths along the Seward Hwy and in Portage Valley.
Five Sisters slide path in Portage ran nearly to valley floor, but did not quite the to trail below.
Kern Creek ran to valley floor as observed yesterday, and several smaller slides near Peterson creek and Bird ran about 50-60% of total slide path.
Several small avalanches were observed in gullies along Seattle Ridge, but nothing running all the way to the valley floor. Visibility was too obscure to see anything on the East side of the road.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

34F
Heavy Rain
30+ mph winds
Visibility to about 2000' in Turnagain Pass on West side of Road.

Snow surface

10" of wet saturated snow with areas of pooling water at 1000' elevation.

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