Avalanche closes Richardson Highway near Thompson Pass

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - An avalanche at mile 39 on the Richardson Highway has caused a closure from mile 12 to 55.
The avalanche occurred early this morning around 3:30 am.
The snow has been estimated at 20 feet deep and 200 feet long.
The past 24 hours have produced perfect avalanche weather in the Valdez area and Copper River Basin, with bouts of heavy rain and snow, as well as temperatures ranging from high 20s to mid 30's.
Though the National Weather Service had predicted that heavy snow would taper off by this afternoon, Valdez has already received more than 12 inches of snow, and Thompson Pass is expected to get as much as 45 inches.
It remains unclear when the Richardson will reopen, as the weather is preventing Department of Transportation Crews from clearing the debris.
For further updates on road conditions visit '5-1-1.Alaska.Gov', or call 511.