So it was a very welcome bit of news, and on the twins' birthday no less, that a cold blast and storm front rolled through the Alaska Range. As we have been hearing, prior to today mushers would have had better luck playing hockey on the Skwetna River than trying to run a dog team or set a snow hook. But a solid 5 inches of slow fell on this section of trail, taking it from a serious threat to a reasonably good section of trail. Temps are still unseasonably warm around Anchorage, with the long range forecast predicting mid-30s F and no precipitation for this weekend. That will be great for spectators, but it will be a bit too balmy for the mushers and dogs. But at least conditions are improving around and west of Willow.
A couple more teams have withdrawn from the race since our last tally, so we are now anticipating 69 mushers to hit the trail this weekend.
We'll be posting updates LIVE from Anchorage starting late on Thursday with the breaking news of the twins' bib numbers and starting positions for this year.
And once again, Happy Birthday to Kristy and Anna! I'm sure all of your fans hope the Birthday Snow adequately made up for turning the Big Three-Oh!