Thursday, February 23, 2012

Avalanche warning for Glacier Park, Flathead and Kootenai National Forests

Forest Service avalanche specialist Stan Bones issued a special backcountry avalanche warning yesterday for Glacier National Park, and the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests.

The avalanche danger is considered high between 4,500 and 7,500 feet on all steep, open slopes and gullies. The report states that natural avalanches are likely, and human triggered avalanches are very likely. As a result, travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended at this time.

According to the report:

Because of wind, rapidly warming temperatures, and locally heavy precipitation in the form of rain or snow, the avalanche danger is currently rated HIGH. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended until the current snowpack has time to settle and strengthen. Reports are that both natural and triggered avalanches are occurring in many of the regions mountains.

The weather forecast is for another strong Pacific weather system to impact our region this weekend.

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