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NortwestRider 11-16-2012 09:54 AM

Snow in Dead Horse??.
We are heading up to Dead Horse next June and I was wondering if there will still be snow in Dead Horse around the first week of July??.I have a good friend who is a cop in Barrow and he said they still had snow till mid July this year!!.

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Alcan Rider 11-16-2012 10:27 AM

What is the weather going to be where you live on the 3rd of July, 2013? If you can accurately predict that, we might also be able to tell you what the weather will be in Deadhorse at any given time in the future.

Normally, by the first week of July the snow will have been gone for several weeks. But it could also snow there on the 4th of July. When you're that far north, and in a place that has weather that is influenced by such a variety of factors, you'd better be ready for anything. In addition to the possibility of snowfall in Deadhorse, it's more likely that you could encounter snow over Atigun Pass or pea soup fog for many miles south of Deadhorse.

Considering that late May - early June is usually some of the best time to ride to Deadhorse, your planned schedule should work out well. But nothing is certain on the Dalton.

fire-on-ice 11-16-2012 11:20 AM

If it was easy everyone would do it. if it wasn't an adventure no-one would do it.:muutt plan on snow. many years you will encounter snow well south of the arctic circle.

NortwestRider 11-16-2012 11:44 AM

I didn't mean a snow storm I ment leftover snow.I wasn't sure how long the snow hangs around up there.

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Spousal Unit 11-16-2012 11:53 AM

What AlcanRider said.

nuttynu 11-16-2012 03:57 PM

be prepare for the worse, and dont fight the weather, Embrace it.

ADVBMR 11-16-2012 04:11 PM

The latest I've seen leftover snow is mid-June in Anaktuvuk Pass. I've seen lakes still mostly frozen by July 5 on the Slope. While you could hit a freak snowstorm in July, particularly in the pass, the road is plowed all year and will not be frozen in July. Rain would be your more likely adverse weather encounter, which can turn the road into a mess. As AlcanRider said, the fog can be thick, common, and can drift quite a ways south over the coastal plain.

Alaskahack 11-17-2012 02:43 PM

Last year we had an exceptially heavy snowfall state wide IMO
That Was the reason for a lot of late standing snow

Just come up and have fun

nuttynu 11-17-2012 03:40 PM

Yeah it was record snow fall for anchorage !!!
Hopefully this season. . We hit low record hit !


NortwestRider 11-17-2012 06:19 PM

Oh no worries,we are coming up no matter what.I ride in below 40 degree rain for 4-5 months out of the year.

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nuttynu 11-17-2012 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by NortwestRider (Post 20067261)
Oh no worries,we are coming up no matter what.I ride in below 40 degree rain for 4-5 months out of the year.

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says your from Seattle, is that where ya are coming up from? if so, which route are you taking ? the Cassiar hwy?

Alaskahack 11-17-2012 10:01 PM

The Cassiar is the shortest way out of here, the State Ferry system between Haines and Prince Rupert is a great way to get to America. I guess it all depends how many times you've driven up here.

NortwestRider 11-18-2012 09:56 AM

Yes,we are coming up from Seattle.We plan on 3 weeks up and back,we will ride the whole way ( I have this weird thing about riding every mile on a trip ).My wife is a teacher and her last day of school is June 14th so barring any snow days we should no latter then the 20th.As far as our route,we want to take the fastest way up and take more time coming back.

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ADVBMR 11-19-2012 11:49 PM

If you are leaving Seattle in mid-June you'll have the prime time to travel up the Alcan and the Dalton. I wouldn't plan for snow days, you'll be fine. Think about Dawson for D2D on solstice. If you haven't been here before you're in for a great ride.

NortwestRider 11-20-2012 07:39 AM

I have wanted to do this for 20+ years,now kids are grown and gone so it's time to start checking items off the bucket list !!.

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