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Avalanche danger hiked to high in Western Montana

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MISSOULA - The avalanche danger has been hiked to "High" in the southern Missions and Swan ranges.

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center reported Thursday morning that travel is avalanche terrain is not recommended as a considerable avalanche danger exists.

The Center's Logan King said that widespread avalanche activity is possible and will increase through the day on Thursday.

King says that the southern Missions and southern Swan mountain ranges have taken the brunt of the storm thus far and more snow will further stress the snowpack.

The primary avalanche concern will be storm slabs, especially in the northern part of the advisory area, according to King. 

While a high avalanche warning might deter some people from enjoying the Montana backcountry, it does not mean you have to avoid outdoor activities altogether as long as a few precautions are taken:

  • Packing the right equipment like a transceiver to send and receive a signal to members of your group can keep you safe in these conditions.
  • Keeping a shovel and an avalanche probe can also help, but understanding your surroundings is the easiest way to have fun while staying safe in the back country.
  • Click here to read the latest advisory for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center before heading out this weekend to avoid problematic areas.

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