Snow Avalanche Guidance
Issued by NWS Missoula, MT

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Backcountry Forecast for western Montana and north central Idaho
National Weather Service Missoula MT
339 AM MST FRI FEB 5 2016

DISCUSSION: A weak wave of energy moving through a building ridge
will help produce light mountain snow, for locations north of
I-90 through the afternoon. Accumulations are expect to be light,
less than 2 inches. The more impactful system will move into the
region late tonight and Saturday morning, and linger into Sunday
morning. 6-10 inches of snow, with slightly higher amounts in
isolated areas is expected for elevations above 4500 feet. Gusty
winds approaching 50 mph will also accompany this weather
disturbance Saturday afternoon.

A ridge will build over the region on Sunday through early next
week causing warm mountain temperatures.

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Elevations above 4,000 FT:

                      Today        Tonight      SAT
Cloud Cover           80%          85%          85%
Hi/Lo Temps           30 to 38     22 to 30     26 to 36
Winds(mph)            SW 13G35     SW 16G46     W 21G46
Precip Chc            50           100          80
Precip Type           snow         snow         sno/shr
Liquid Amt            0.03         0.17         0.16
Snow Ratio(SLR)       17:1         16:1         19:1
Snow Amt(in)          0-1          2-5          3-5

Snow Level            3000         3500         2500

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