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Expert warns of avalanche danger after recent snows

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BOZEMAN  - Up to three feet of new snow fell over the weekend in the Bridger and Hyalite Ranges and four feet of snow fell near Cooke City.

This is creating high avalanche danger with unstable snowpack this early in the season for southwest Montana.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center has some words of warning for enthusiasts trekking in the backcountry.

“All of this snow, if you're getting out to ski or hike around or snowmobile out in the mountains, the snow has definitely increased the avalanche danger,” said Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Avalanche Specialist Alex Marienthal.

“With a little bit of wind, wind loaded slopes create a more instability and can be more dangerous so there is definitely some avalanche problems," he added.

Click here for the latest look at avalanche conditions.

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