Avalanche Information for West Central Montana

Avalanche Information for West Central Montana

This site is sponsored by the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation (WCMAF), a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation. WCMAF is dedicated to promoting avalanche safety education and awareness by providing information to all interested user groups regarding terrain, weather and snow conditions that contribute to avalanche danger in West Central Montana.

WCMAF operates in partnership with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) of the Lolo National Forest. WCMAC provides avalanche advisories that are updated Tuesday and Friday mornings during the winter.

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West Central Montana Avalanche Advisory

(the advisory can be accessed by phone at 406-549-4488 or 800-281-1030)

Early Season Avalanche Information

Current Danger Rating is NO-RATING

Heavy mountain snowfall expected this weekend.


Hi everyone, this is Steve Karkanen at the West Central Montana Avalanche Center with early season avalanche safety information issued November 21, 2014.

The National Weather Service Office in Missoula has issued winter weather advisories and a winter storm warning for west central Montana. Heavy snowfall amounts with 40 mph W-SW winds are expected at the higher elevations starting early Saturday. Mountain locations above 6000‘ may see up to 12” of new snow by Monday.

This system will be from the west-southwest which typically means the air mass will be much warmer and wetter than last week’s arctic blast.

This storm has the potential to add a lot of water weight onto a relatively weak snowpack structure in some locations.

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