After a steady, dry, north wind froze over a lot of the rivers and lakes in the area, a warm low has brought freezing rain and unseasonably warm weather. The Bethel Search and Rescue team is advising everyone that it is still unsafe to travel on the Kuskokwim and some lakes in the area. Bethel Search and Rescue conducted another aerial survey of the Kuskokwim River and its tributaries with Trooper Pilot Earl Samuelson Thursday.
Samuelson says upriver from Bethel, between the Kuskokwak slough and Gweek, there are about 20 to 30 opens holes and that area still dangerous to travel on. Kwethluk residents are advised not to travel downriver to Church Slough or to the Gweek river as it is still too thin.
Samuelson says the Akiachak channel is pretty much frozen over, but still thin for river travel as well. For those traveling the tundra towards Bethel from upriver, there is a hole in the middle of Hangar Lake that has been marked by Search and Rescue.
Further up in the Akiak area, there are a lot of open holes reported and the upper end of the Kuskokwak slough is still open.