Avalanche danger remains considerable as active weather impacts Southcentral Alaska

Strong winds and additional snowfall will keep the risk for large avalanches around
Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 8:39 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Light snow has been falling through the night for parts of Southcentral Alaska, with heavier precipitation occurring across parts of Prince William Sound. While light accumulation will be likely for most locations, areas near Valdez and Thompson Pass could see up to 5 inches of snow before the moisture comes to an end.

With the active weather remaining fixated over the Gulf of Alaska, the avalanche danger remains unchanged. While lower elevations have seen a lower risk for avalanches, it’s the higher elevations that pose a problem. The combination of winds, recent snow, and an unstable snowpack could lead to a large avalanche, should one be triggered.

The potential is there in the higher elevations that a big avalanche could bring the entire snowpack down to the surface. For that reason, the avalanche danger remains considerable above 2,500 feet. Always practice caution and use avalanche knowledge if you are traveling in the backcountry.

As the snow comes to an end, we’ll see a break in the clouds. Afternoon highs today will stay in the 20s and 30s, with abnormally warm weather sticking around through the rest of the week.

Outside of Southcentral, areas of wintry mix and warm conditions continue to impact Southeast Alaska. It’s looking more and more likely that this weather pattern will remain largely unchanged for at least the next week.

The biggest winter alerts statewide are affecting the North Slope. Gusty winds up to 50 mph could lead to whiteout conditions at times for areas west of Utqiagvik, while areas east of the town will see blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Stay safe and enjoy your Wednesday!