Snow drifts can be fun

Join Jack while he watches big trucks pass in the snow storm and then crashes through snow drifts for fun.

Truck waves on the Dalton

Talk about poor road conditions!  This was about a week ago, before the road closure.  Jack has been told the road will be open tomorrow so he is on his way up.  So sorry to all those who’ve been stuck on the non-home side.

Trucks in this video are going really slow as there’s a layer of glare ice underneath them.  At the end you can see a wave that’s being created by moving trucks.

(Don’t forget you can change the resolution on a YouTube video if it looks blurry, “settings” in the lower right hand corner.)

Sag River flows over the Dalton

The Sag River has been overflowing its banks this past month.  So much so that it has been giving the truckers and the State (of Alaska) a bit of a headache.  The photos below are from about 10 days ago and a lot more drama has happened since.  We’ll have updated photos for you in a couple of days.

The Sag River follows the Dalton Highway for quite a few miles during the last 100 miles of the road, when you’re nearing Prudhoe.  So when we say it

The Sag River and the Dalton Highway.

The Sag River runs along the Dalton Highway for about 100 miles.

is overflowing near the road it could be happening at many different spots, and it is doing just that.   According to Jack, overflows are normal but this river overflowing in this area is an unprecedented occurrence since he has not known for it to have ever happened before.  No one he’s talked to has either.  It’s not an uncommon thing for rivers to do though.

All the talk now is if the State will be able to handle the situation when actual break up occurs.  Temperatures are still well below zero pretty much all the time right now so we haven’t seen the worst of it.  The question is, what’s going to happen during break up when everything starts to really melt?

Click on the first photo and scroll through to see them full size with explanations.