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Avalanche Report From The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s Doug Chabot

Yesterday, winter officially ended with the Equinox.  Saying good-bye to an old, reliable friend is difficult, but spring seems full of energy and ready to play. It started snowing early this morning and at 6 a.m six inches of wet, dense snow has fallen in the mountains.  During storms the snowpack is the most unstable as it adjusts to its new load.  This storm is dropping snow fast, up to two inches an hour, which further stresses the snowpack.  We do not need layers buried deeply to get avalanches—this new snow may sluff, break near ridgelines on wind drifts or be triggered on steep slopes.

Given this morning’s storm it’ll be possible to trigger avalanches today and I’m rating the avalanche danger MODERATE. For more detailed weather and snowpack information, go to www.mtavalanche.com

A natural avalanche in the Bridger Range, March 18.

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