The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued a code orange, which signifies a higher state of alert regarding a possible eruption. As all this happens, the University of Alaska-Anchorage men's hockey team prepares for a home series against St. Cloud (Minn.) State. Maybe.
As Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times notes, there are a ton of possibilities with regard to this weekend's series, ranging from "nothing out of the ordinary" to "a complete travel fiasco."
SCSU is still scheduled to leave Wednesday, but UAA officials have warned SCSU of the possibility that travel to Anchorage could be interrupted, the Huskies could make it to Anchorage only to have the games postponed by an eruption, or they could play the games only to have an eruption prevent them from being able to return to St. Cloud on Sunday.The Anchorage Daily News says that the city could experience "several millimeters" of ashfall if there is a significant eruption. Such an event would indeed have an impact on air travel to and from Anchorage.
Imagine flying upwards of six hours to play a couple of hockey games, only to have the games postponed by a volcanic eruption and your flight home postponed by ash.
Even if Redoubt doesn't blow this weekend, it could still have an impact on UAA's hockey season. The Seawolves don't have any weekends off between now and the start of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs March 13.
(Fist bump: Western College Hockey)