Avalanche danger is considerable in Juneau area

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Avalanche danger in the Juneau area was increased from moderate to considerable for Monday.

    CBJ Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice writes that with several calm days, no snow, and near freezing temperatures, the storm slab has started to heal and yet the deep persistent slab lingers in the region.

    With clear skies today, he says look to see wet loose avalanches on south to southwest facing slopes later in the day as new snow cleans off of trees and rocks in steep places.   

    Winds out of the north-north-east 15 to 22 miles per hour and gusting to 25 will see direct loading of urban avalanche paths, according to Mattice.

    Mattice says natural avalanches possible today and human-triggered avalanches are likely.


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