THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON December 9, 2017 @ 11:15 am
Avalanche Advisory published on December 8, 2017 @ 11:15 am
Issued by Jeff Thompson - Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Kootenai

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With not much snow recently or much in the future, the forecast area will remain at a LOW danger rating. The biggest area of concern would be above treeline on steep slopes. Loose snow avalanches are possible in isolated areas.

How to read the advisory


  • Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

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Above Treeline

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Near Treeline

1. Low

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Below Treeline

With not much snow recently or much in the future, the forecast area will remain at a LOW danger rating. The biggest area of concern would be above treeline on steep slopes. Loose snow avalanches are possible in isolated areas.

  • Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
CURRENT CONDITIONS Weather observations from the Region
0600 temperature: 23 deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: 35 deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours: E
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: 8-12 mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: 16 mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: 0 inches
Total snow depth: 24 inches
Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Spokane NWS
For 2000 ft. to 4000 ft.
  Friday Friday Night Saturday
Weather: Mostly sunny Partly sunny Partly sunny
Temperatures: 30 deg. F. 24 deg. F. 35 deg. F.
Wind direction: SW E E
Wind speed: 5-10 3-5 5-8
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
For 4000 ft. to 6000 ft.
  Friday Friday Night Saturday
Weather: Mostly sunny Partly cloudy Partly sunny
Temperatures: 23 deg. F. 19 deg. F. 30 deg. F.
Wind direction: WSW W W
Wind speed: 7-10 5-9 8-10
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
Disclaimer

Avalanche conditions change for better or worse continually. Backcountry travelers should be prepared to assess current conditions for themselves, plan their routes of travel accordingly, and never travel alone. Backcountry travelers can reduce their exposure to avalanche hazards by utilizing timbered trails and ridge routes and by avoiding open and exposed terrain with slope angles of 30 degrees or more. Backcountry travelers should carry the necessary avalanche rescue equipment such as a shovel, avalanche probe or probe ski poles, a rescue beacon and a well-equipped first aid kit.  For a recorded version of the Avalanche Advisory call (208)765-7323.

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