Good morning, this is Logan King with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center’s weather and avalanche update for December 24th, 2017.

Weather and Snowpack

Cold is the name of the game today. Temperatures are -14 to -1 this morning. Winds are currently out of the 19 mph gusting to 21 out of the West. The area received no new snow overnight.

Persistent slabs will continue to be the primary avalanche concern today. Facets on the Thanksgiving crust and buried surface hoar are the greatest concern not only because they are the most sensitive layers but because if they slide they will result in large avalanches.

Avalanche and Weather Outlook

Cold air will continue to dominate for the day today giving way to snow showers again tonight.