Alaska State Troopers say heavy snow and winds nearing 35 miles per hour are hampering the search for two teenagers missing from Pitkas (PIT'-kus) Point in western Alaska.

The teens left on a snowmobile Thursday night and were last week by a friend at 10:15 p.m.

An initial search found fresh snowmobile tracks that ended at a lead in the Andreafsky River.

Troopers say the teens may have gone into the river with their machine.

Searchers were evaluating conditions and hoping for a break in the weather to resume a search Saturday afternoon. The temperature was about 35 degrees.

Pitkas Point is a community of about 138 near the junction of the Yukon and Andreafsky Rivers. It is 5 miles northwest of St. Mary's.