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Feb 11, 2014 7:19 PM by Lillian Langston - KPAX News

Experts warn of Western Montana avalanche danger

MISSOULA - Missoula has been seeing heavy amounts of snow, and that could mean danger in the mountains.

The avalanche danger in the Bitterroot Mountains from Hoodoo Pass to Lost Trail Pass is now "considerable" on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Meanwhile, the avalanche danger is "moderate" in the Rattlesnake Mountains and the Southern Swan and Mission Mountains near Seeley Lake - on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

An upcoming storm is expected to dump about two feet of snow above 6,500 feet and bring gusty winds, which has experts are concerned about avalanches.

"It takes a while for a big load like that to adjust. So avalanches are more likely during and immediately after a big storm. So, if we get this big storm - if we get over two feet of snow with a high water content - things could be quite touchy for a while," warned avalanche specialist Dudley Impota.

The West Central Montana Avalanche advisories do not apply to operating ski areas. Click here to read the latest information on avalanche conditions.

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