Avalanche Information Update for Monday January 13, 2014

The avalanche danger is HIGH on recently wind loaded terrain steeper than 30 degrees. The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on all other terrain steeper than 30 degrees.

The avalanche warning issued this past Saturday and Sunday has been allowed to expire however avalanche conditions remain dangerous on steep and wind loaded terrain above 6000 feet. High west to northwest winds remain persistent in the mountains with most areas continuing to receive heavy snowfall amounts.

The Missoula Office of the National Weather Service is forecasting continued snowfall with mountain winds gusting into the 50 mph range Monday.

This is Steve Karkanen at the West Central Montana Avalanche Center.  The avalanche danger rating expires at midnight Monday and does not apply to operating ski areas.

Our avalanche specialists will be out in several areas Monday, January 14, and I will issue a more complete update of conditions early Tuesday morning.