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Avalanche danger “considerable” in west-central Montana

Posted at 8:58 AM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 14:50:07-05

MISSOULA – The current avalanche danger is “considerable” in the west-central Montana backcountry.

A significant load of new snow and strong winds are creating dangerous avalanche conditions as human triggered avalanches are likely on Sunday, according to Logan King with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center.

Since Saturday morning 4″-to-10″ of snow has fallen across the advisory area and King says that as expected, the current storm has notably increased the avalanche danger.

That new snow – combined with strong winds — are creating dangerous avalanche conditions. King says that travel on or around wind loaded terrain is not advised.

Conditions have drastically changed over the past 24 hours and the potential for avalanches has grown with human-triggered slides likely.

The mountains around west-central Montana remain under a Winter Storm Warning for continued snow and strong winds on Sunday.

King cautions that the new snow and strong winds will keep the avalanche danger trending upward.

Click here to view the latest avalanche advisory.