DOT: Expect delays on Seward Highway today from avalanche work

Drivers on the Seward Highway between Bird and Portage should expect delays Friday afternoon as workers do avalanche-control in the area, according to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Motorists should expect delays up to 45 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., the department said. Updates will be posted on the department's 511 road info site.

Avalanche danger in the area is considered “considerable” above treeline right now, according the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. 

The center posted this morning:

Intense snowfall combined with strong winds in the early part of the day yesterday have created new slabs 2-3’ in depth.  Expect these slabs to be sensitive to the weight of a person or snowmachine today.  While some time has allowed the underlying snow to adjust to this new load, there is enough new snow, especially in wind loaded terrain to warrant concern.

Between 1-4 inches of snow is expected in the Anchorage area today, with 2-4 inches north of Moose Pass, according to the National Weather Service.



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