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
349 AM MDT Fri Mar 23 2018

In the wake of last night`s cold front, temperatures have trended
cooler and a few lingering snow showers will be possible
throughout today. However, only light accumulations are expected.
Another cold front will begin pushing into north-central Idaho and
western Montana by late tonight into Saturday. Snow showers and
gusty west-southwest winds will be on the increase, and showers
could be locally heavy at times overnight into Saturday. Snow
total accumulations in the terrain of northwest Montana could
reach 6-10 inches (locally higher). Saturday`s max temperatures
will struggle to get above freezing for most of the mountains.
Northwest flow will set up Sunday and into next week, leading to a
few light showers and a gradual warming trend.

Elevations above 4,000 FT:

                      Today        Tonight      Sat
Cloud Cover           45%          75%          80%
Hi/Lo Temps           30 to 44     18 to 27     27 to 41
Winds(mph)            SW 17G39     S  9G24      SW 16G47
Precip Chc            30           40           80
Precip Type           sno/shr      sno/shr      sno/shr
Liquid Amt            0.01         0.06         0.23
Snow Ratio(SLR)       16:1         16:1         16:1
Snow Amt(in)          0            0-3          3-6

Snow Level            2500         3000         2500

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