The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE in the West Central Montana backcountry on slopes 30 degrees and steeper. Over the past two days; heavy, wet snow and rain have loaded steep slopes in the advisory area
Good Morning, this is Dudley Improta with the West Central Montana avalanche advisory for March 11, 2014. This danger rating does not apply to operating ski areas and expires at midnight tonight (March 11).
Weather and Snowpack Analysis
This morning, northwest mountain winds are blowing 10 to 16 mph and gusting into the 20’s. High elevation temperatures are in the twenties (F). New snow accumulations are from 5 to 7 inches in the Southern Swans, Southern Missions and Rattlesnakes; to 3 to 4 inches in the Central Bitterroot and Southern Bitterroot. The southern part of the advisory area is under a winter storm watch until 9am.
Wet snow has accumulated in the mountains over the last couple of days; rain levels have reached above 6000 feet. The quick shot of sun on Saturday was enough to leave a thin crust, except on the northerly aspects. Storm layers on cold snow from last week are gaining strength; but reports from the Central Bitterroots and the Rattlesnakes indicate weak snow within a foot of the surface.