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
438 AM MDT Wed Mar 29 2017

DISCUSSION: Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches above 5500 feet
are expected Wednesday evening through Thursday and remains
confined to the southern Clearwater, southern Bitterroot, and
Flint Creek Ranges. Considering the relatively warm temperatures
during the main snow event, a lot of compaction is anticipated.
Some transport of snow by wind is possible toward northeast facing
slopes, but realistically confined to above 7500 feet.

Another shot of minor accumulations across the Northern Rockies is
possible on Sunday and Monday. Otherwise, temperatures will
continue to warm above freezing each afternoon for most
elevations for the next week.

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Elevations above 4,000 FT:

                      Today        Tonight      Thu
Cloud Cover           90%          90%          90%
Hi/Lo Temps           33 to 47     23 to 34     33 to 47
Winds(mph)            SW 13G31     SW 13G31     W  8G21
Precip Chc            90           90           70
Precip Type           sno/rain     sno/rain     sno/rain
Liquid Amt            0.20         0.23         0.17
Snow Ratio(SLR)       13:1         12:1         14:1
Snow Amt(in)          1-4          1-5          1-6

Snow Level            5000         5500         5000

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