Avalanche Warnings Continue in Parts of the West
The concern for avalanches remains high across parts of the western United States following recently-heavy snow.
The warning means that after substantial snowfall, strong winds and weak layers in the snowpack, there is a high avalanche danger at tree line and below. Officials urge backcountry skiers, riders and snowmobilers to avoid traveling on or below all steep terrain until the danger diminishes.
Snowfall since early Tuesday has been upwards of 6-12″+ across much of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon.
Additional snowfall for the rest of Wednesday and Thursday, January 23-24 is 4-8″ in parts of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. At the mountain summits, 8-12″ of fresh snow is forecast.
Areas that have had recent heavy snow and/or will get heavy snowfall in the immediate future have an elevated risk of avalanches. An avalanche happens more easily when there are unstable layers of snow. Wondering what the conditions are like near you? We encourage you to check out www.avalanche.org where the site is updated frequently with the latest conditions.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier