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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Anchorage AK
1001 PM AKST Sat Feb 22 2020

...Public Information Statement from Chugach National Forest
Avalanche Information Center...


The following message is transmitted at the request of the Chugach
National Forest Avalanche Center - 6 am February 23, 2020

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood AK has
issued a Special Avalanche Bulletin.



* Timing...In effect from 6 am Sunday February 23, to 6 pm Monday
February 24, 2020.



* Affected Area...For the Western Chugach mountains surround
Girdwood and the Kenai mountains surrounding Portage Valley,
Turnagain Pass, Cooper Landing and south to Seward.



* Avalanche Danger...Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE. Very
large slab avalanches are likely to be triggered by people and
natural avalanches are possible. Significant recent snowfall
combined with strong northwest winds forecast for Sunday into
Monday are expected to overload a very weak existing snowpack.
Despite clearing skies, dangerous avalanche conditions exist.



Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...To avoid this danger, choose terrain
that is flat or less than 30 degrees in steepness, with nothing
steeper above. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding
and conservative decision-making skills are necessary for travel
in the backcountry.



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



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

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