West-central Montana avalanche danger rises to “high”

Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 18:41:44-05

MISSOULA – The avalanche danger has been hiked to “high” in the west central Montana backcountry on wind loaded slopes.

Travis Craft with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center’s notes in the Wednesday advisory that “travel on wind loaded slopes or in runout zones is not recommended today. All other slopes are considerable.”

Craft states the primary concern on Wednesday is wind slabs and that folks should be on the lookout for “snowdrifts and smooth, rounded deposits of snow on ridgelines. Avoid traveling on wind drifted terrain. Do not travel in runout zones below wind loaded terrain.

The second avalanche problem is persistent slabs, according to Craft who added that the third avalanche concern is storm slabs.

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