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Avalanche danger expected to rise in Western Montana

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 12:48:01-05
(photo credit: West Central Montana Avalanche Center)

MISSOULA – The avalanche danger for the west central Montana backcountry was listed as moderate on slopes with a shallow snowpack. All other slopes are listed as low.

However, the danger is expected to rise throughout Thursday and may reach the considerable level by Friday morning.

Travis Craft with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center notes that the primary avalanche problem on Thursday is persistent slabs while two other concerns are drifted snow and new snow.

The new snow will create new problems throughout the day into Friday, according to Craft. Meanwhile, parts of Northwest Montana have already been placed under an avalanche watch.

Click here to view the latest avalanche advisory for west-central Montana.