Observation: Turnagain

Location: Road Observations through Turnagain Pass

Route & General Observations

Pretty good visibility
Drove to Johnson Pass North Trail Head

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

Recent Avalanches triggered mid storm last night/early this morning:
Several recent crowns were still visible, but partially filled in.
D2 on NE shoulder near Explorer Glacier, Portage, ~2500'
Fresh debris pile on East face of Seattle Ridge (directly across from Tincan)
D1.5 Lipps SW shoulder ~2500'
D2 Northeast Shoulder of Sunburst ~2500'

*Recent Debris in many gullies along the Seward Hwy and Portage Rd from the last 3 days.
*Several large avalanches were triggered during Avalanche reduction by the ADOT today between mile post 90-99 on the Seward Hwy.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Skys became partly cloudy for several hours 10:30am - 2:30pm in Turnagain Pass
Scattered rain showers near Portage to Girdwood at 3:30pm
34F along the road at Turnagain Pass
Winds were light along the hwy

Snow surface

6" wet heavy snow at motorized parking lot

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