Avalanche Warning: Swan and Flathead Ranges
Northwestern Montana mountain areas are experiencing dangerous avalanche conditions, prompting an Avalanche Warning to be issued.
- WHAT: The Forest Service Flathead Avalanche Center in Kalispell MT has issued a Backcountry Avalanche Watch.
- WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS WARNING: Dangerous avalanche conditions may develop in the Swan and Flathead mountain ranges in northwest Montana.
- WHERE DOES THIS WARNING AFFECT: The Swan and Flathead Ranges are included, along with Glacier National Park areas near Lake McDonald and Marias Pass. Use EXTREME caution when traveling through these back country areas.
- WHEN THIS WARNING TAKES PLACE: In effect until at least 10 AM Friday morning (February 5th, 2021)
- IMPACTS OF THIS AVALANCHE WARNING: According to the Flathead Avalanche Center, "New and drifted snow may overload fragile, reactive weak layers. It will be easy to trigger large, wide, and deadly avalanches."
- These natural avalanches may run long distances, so "flat" areas could easily be dangerous terrain as well. Be very aware of your surroundings or better yet, stay out of these affected areas until the Warning has passed.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Avoid riding or traveling in avalanche terrain.
- Please check flatheadavalanche.org for more and continued detailed information.
- Volatile conditions exists in several locations around the state of Montana. Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside this particular coverage area (of the Flathead Avalanche Center).
- FLATHEAD AVALANCHE CENTER: Forecast Hotline: 406.257.8402
- You can always call or text an avalanche observation: 406.66AVYOB
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