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Urban Avalanche Warning continues in Missoula

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 10:37:59-05

MISSOULA – Avalanche conditions in the Rattlesnake area and East Missoula remain the same.

The Urban Avalanche Warning on Mount Jumbo remains in effect as dangerous conditions continue.

Experts with the West Central Avalanche Center found some areas unstable while investigating this weekend, reminding us of the very real threat of these conditions.

Crews found fresh ski tracks over the weekend even as officials have been asking people to stay off the mountain.

Strong winds are blowing snow on the ridge and causing slides to run into back yards along lilac avenue and holly street.

These slides do not pose a threat to homes, but could partially bury a person. No evacuations have been issued for residents along the mountain’s base.

Avalanche center director Travis Craft says weekend winds caused snow to blow into gullies and potential avalanche starting zones.

Mount jumbo remains closed to the public and experts say people should stay off and of the steep slopes on all mountains around the city.

Officers are patrolling the area now. Residents should report violators immediately to 911.

Area residents are also being urged to sign up for Smart911 to receive emergency alerts.