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Avalanche danger persists in west-central Montana

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 12:55:43-05

MISSOULA — The danger of avalanches continues in the Missoula area.

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center reports that the avalanche danger for the west central Montana backcountry is “high” on all slopes above 5,500 feet.

All other slopes are seeing “considerable” avalanche danger, according to the latest advisory.

The Center’s Travis Craft notes that new snow and winds are creating large dangerous avalanches and that “travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.”

Craft said in a Tuesday morning that there “are very dangerous avalanche conditions today. Do not travel on or below wind loaded terrain. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.”

The advisory – which expires at midnight -- does not apply to operating ski areas which are the responsibility of the U.S. Forest Service.

Click here to read the latest avalanche advisory.

Additionally, an Avalanche Warning has been issued for the St. Regis Basin in the Lookout Pass Zone and the Kootanei/Cabinet Mountain Zone through 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Recent heavy snow along with gusty winds will will result in widespread avalanche danger Tuesday into Wednesday.