Avalanche Conditions Worsen as Snow Piles Up
The Flathead Avalanche Center announced this morning that the local avalanche hazard is considerable
With nearly 20 inches of mountain snowfall in the past few days, dangerous avalanche conditions exist in the backcountry of the Flathead Valley, according to the latest regional advisory issued Wednesday.
The Flathead Avalanche Center announced this morning that the local avalanche hazard is considerable, meaning human triggered avalanches are likely, particularly on steep slopes with unsettled and wind-affected recent storm snow and in areas where buried surface hoar and crust layers are more reactive.
“The buried surface hoar, crusts, and facets have not been very reactive except in isolated areas, but still exist in our snowpack and are capable of producing an avalanche,” Hannan said in the advisory. “Careful evaluation of these layers and how they react to the new load is important on all aspects and elevations.”
For more information about avalanche conditions, visit the Flathead Avalanche Center's website.