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
357 AM MST SAT FEB 6 2016

DISCUSSION: Our next system as begun impacting the Northern
Rockies overnight. Moderate snow has been falling in the mountains
along the MT/ID border the past few hours, and will continue off
and on the rest of the day. Several inches of snow is still
expected to accumulate through the day. Along with the snow, gusty
southwest winds have developed, along the ID/MT border this
morning. These winds will continue to push east through western
Montana, with gusts approaching 50 mph in the higher terrain this

A strong ridge of high pressure will build over the Northern
Rockies starting tomorrow, and will likely persist through the
rest of next week. Valley inversions are expected to develop,
creating cold pools.

Elevations above 4,000 FT:

                      Today        Tonight      SUN
Cloud Cover           85%          70%          55%
Hi/Lo Temps           26 to 36     16 to 23     27 to 37
Winds(mph)            W 23G46      W 11G31      W  8G20
Precip Chc            90           60           0
Precip Type           sno/shr      sno/shr      sno/shr
Liquid Amt            0.13         0.02         0.00
Snow Ratio(SLR)       17:1         17:1         18:1
Snow Amt(in)          2-3          0-1          0

Snow Level            3000         2000         1500

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