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Hatcher Pass Road closed amid high avalanche danger

DOT workers clear an avalanche from Hatcher Pass Rd. on Monday, Marcy 19, 2018. (From...
DOT workers clear an avalanche from Hatcher Pass Rd. on Monday, Marcy 19, 2018. (From AKDOT&PF) (KTUU)
Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:18 AM AKDT
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Hatcher Pass is closed near Archangel – near mile 15.5 – due to a Monday morning avalanche, according to DOT&PF Avalanche Specialists.

The large, natural avalanche took place at 8:30 a.m. Moreover, DOT&PF Avalanche Specialists say that Hatcher Pass avalanche conditions are "very dangerous" this Monday.

As a result, a

was issued by the Alaska Avalanche Information Center. It is in effect from 10 a.m. March 19 through March 20.

Due to the high risk of area avalanches, DOT&PF closed the road.

"The road run is the

runout

of avalanche danger," reads the bulletin.

During this time, avalanche forecasters ask that the public avoid driving up the road and skiing along the road run.