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
409 AM MST WED DEC 24 2014

DISCUSSION: A winter storm system will move through the entire
Northern Rockies today through Christmas morning. All mountain
locations either are currently or will by mid morning be receiving
accumulating snows.

Snow levels will fall to the valley floors this afternoon in
Northwest Montana and this evening in west central Montana. Confidence
is high for snow amounts in the mountains around 6 to 10" with
over a foot not out of the question in many areas in the
Clearwater and Bitterroot Mountains.

For the latest information on watches, warnings and advisories,
go to weather.gov/missoula.

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Elevations above 4,000 FT:

                      TODAY        TONIGHT      THU
Cloud Cover           95%          95%          80%
Hi/Lo Temps           29 to 36     11 to 22     20 to 31
Winds(mph)            SW 18G47     NW 13G31     W  9G23
Precip Chc            100          100          70
Precip Type           snow         snow         snow
Liquid Amt            0.33         0.50         0.06
Snow Ratio(SLR)       14:1         17:1         18:1
Snow Amt(in)          4-8          7-14         1-2

Snow Level            3000         2000         1000

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