Avalanche Warning for January 13.

An avalanche warning is in effect for all mountain locations above 5000 feet in West Central Montana.  The avalanche danger is HIGH, very dangerous avalanche conditions exist on all slopes steeper than 30 degrees.  Travel on or beneath avalanche terrain is not recommended.

Heavy dense snow and in some areas rain has added a significant load to a weak layer of cold snow and facets that formed during the past few days.  Natural avalanches are likely, human triggered avalanches are very likely.

Most mountain SNOTEL sites are reporting 1″ to 2″ of snow water equivalent or several inches of snow.  Many of the sites are at temperatures at or above the freezing level this morning.

Expect conditions to remain unstable for the next 24-48 hours as this current weather system passes.

More information will be posted later today or early Friday after we’ve had the chance to further assess conditions.