The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for our entire advisory area.

Dense, wet snow has fallen at a rapid pace creating widespread instability. Natural avalanche activity is likely on all slopes.

The avalanche danger is rated HIGH in the Bridger, Gallatin and Madison Ranges along with the Lionhead area outside West Yellowstone and mountains around Cooke City. Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist.

Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended and avalanche runout zones should be avoided.

This warning will either be terminated or updated by 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

(Photo courtesy of GNFAC/S. Walsh)