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Avalanche danger remains in Western Montana

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MISSOULA - The avalanche danger remains in Western Montana.

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center reported that the avalanche warning issued Sunday has expired, but a "high" avalanche danger remains on wind loaded terrain. On all other terrain, the avalanche danger is "considerable", according to the Center's Logan King.

He added that strong winds and significant snow have created sensitive wind slabs that will make avalanches likely on all wind loaded terrain.  Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision-making are essential for travel in the backcountry on Monday.

Click here to read the latest advisory.

(2.18.18 story)

MISSOULA - The snow that is continuing to fall across the area has prompted the avalanche danger in Western Montana to be hiked to "high".

An avalanche warning is now in effect for the west-central Montana backcountry and very dangerous avalanche conditions exist. The West Central Montana Avalanche Center added in their Sunday morning advisory that travel in and around avalanche terrain is not recommended and large human triggered avalanches are likely.

The avalanche warning is valid for 24 hours and will either be extended or terminated at 6 a.m. on Monday. This danger rating does not apply to operating ski areas and is the sole responsibility of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Center's Logan King reports that snow totals range from 8" to 14", bringing storm totals well over 2 feet in some areas as of Sunday morning. Also, strong winds on Saturday brought sustained winds that were 30-to-40 mph and were accompanied by a gust of up to 68 mph.

Click here to read the latest advisory.

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