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Winter Storm in the West; Severe Weather Across the Midwest

A strong winter storm will continue to progress across the Great Basin and Rockies bringing heavy mountain snow, high winds, and near blizzard conditions that will cause dangerous travel conditions. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain are possible late Tuesday through the night from parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley and southern Lower Michigan. Read More >

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center

Bulletin – Immediate Broadcast Requested

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center 
6:00am Monday, January 11, 2021


The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood AK has issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning.


* Timing…In effect from 6:00am today, January 11, to 6:00am tomorrow, January 12, 2021.


* Affected Area…For the Western Chugach and Kenai Mountains in and around Girdwood, Portage, Turnagain Pass, Summit Lake, Lost Lake and Seward.


* Avalanche Danger…The Avalanche Danger is HIGH.


* Reason…Recent heavy snowfall and rain combined with strong winds have created widespread areas of unstable snow. Both human triggered and natural large avalanches are likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Debris from avalanches above may run into valley bottoms.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions… Backcountry travelers should stay off of...and out from underneath… slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Avalanches may run long distances. Avoid avalanche terrain. Outside of the backcountry, roof avalanches are likely, pay attention to children, people and pets under roofs shedding snow.


Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of avalanche centers. Check for your nearest avalanche center and to learn more about how to identify avalanche hazards.


This Avalanche Warning does not apply to ski areas or highways where avalanche reduction measures are performed.


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