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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
525 AM AKDT THU MAR 14 2019

...THE CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER IN GIRDWOOD AK 
HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING...

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHUGACH
NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER 530 AM MARCH, 14 2019 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TODAY MARCH, 14, TO 5 AM, 
  TOMORROW, MARCH 15, 2019. 

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR TURNAGAIN PASS AND THE KENAI AND WESTERN 
  CHUGACH MOUNTAINS IN AND AROUND EASTERN TURNAGAIN ARM, SUMMIT 
  LAKE AND SEWARD. 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER WILL REMAIN AT HIGH 
  TODAY AND IS EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH THE EVENING. 

* REASON...RECENT HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH STRONG WIND HAVE CREATED
  WIDESPREAD AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW. BOTH HUMAN TRIGGERED AND 
  NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY ON SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES.


 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 TODAY. 

 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
 LEARN ABOUT HOW TO IDENTIFY AVALANCHE HAZARDS.

 THIS AVALANCHE WARNING DOES NOT APPLY TO SKI AREAS OR HIGHWAYS 
 WHERE AVALANCHE REDUCTION MEASURES ARE PERFORMED. BE AWARE THERE 
 WILL BE INTERMITTENT TRAFFIC DELAYS TODAY ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY 
 FOR AVALANCHE HAZARD REDUCTION WORK FROM MILE POST 99 (BIRD 
 FLATS) TO MILE POST 86.5 (KERN CREEK). MOTORISTS SHOULD EXPECT 
 DELAYS OF UP TO 45 MINUTES BETWEEN 9:00 AND 2:00 PM. 

 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.CNFAIC.ORG OR CALL: CNFAIC STAFF 
 ON DUTY, HEATHER THAMM (907)230-2370 OR WENDY WAGNER
 (907)229-9060.

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