- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - The volunteer Bethel Search and Rescue group says an aerial survey this week of the Kuskokwim River ice shows the extended warm weather has deteriorated travel conditions in some places.

KYUK (https://is.gd/CqTVEn) says the survey was conducted Wednesday with an Alaska State Trooper pilot.

The survey shows that a low snowpack and sparse rainfall has kept the amount of runoff flowing into the river minimal.

Surveyors say the main river ice is basically still intact, although some ice thickness has decreased.

There are some areas of thin ice, standing overflow and at least three open holes between Bethel and Tuluksak.

Surveyors say the worst conditions are along a 20-mile stretch from Bethel downriver to the Johnson River.

Travelers are urged to be careful as conditions begin to refreeze.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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