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Avalanche Warning in effect for Western Montana

Posted at 7:45 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 10:18:59-05

MISSOULA – A Backcountry Avalanche Warning remains in effect for parts of Western Montana.

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center has issued the warning, which will remain in effect for all terrain in the central and southern Bitterroot Mountain Range from Granite Pass south to Lost Trail Pass, until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Center reports that the avalanche danger for the warning area is “considerable” and is rising to “high.” Natural avalanches are likely and human triggered avalanches are becoming very likely.

Recent heavy snow with wind and weak layers in the snow will result in widespread avalanche activity across the
Bitterroot Mountains. The Center notes that travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

Avalanche may run long distances and can run into mature forests, valley floors, or flat terrain. The advisory also notes that “similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of any Avalanche Center.”

Click here to view the latest advisory from the West Central Montana Avalanche Center.