Avalanche forecasters issue backcountry warning

Avalanche monitors in Alaska have issued an avalanche warning for the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Avalanche monitors in Alaska have issued an avalanche warning for the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains.

The warning was issued Saturday and was in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday. An avalanche advisory Monday says the hazard is considerable above the treeline in the Turnagain area.
A storm was predicted in the backcountry area that could worsen already tenuous conditions.
Four avalanches were reported Friday, including one that resulted in the death of a dog that ran down Tincan Peak.
The warning issued over the weekend by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center says human-triggered avalanches are certain and natural avalanches are likely.
Information center forecaster Graham Predeger says warning signs of an avalanche include shooting cracks in the snow.