A series of Pacific storms are hitting the northwest right now. Last nights storm produced a couple inches of new snow in the mountains with moderate winds. This new snow has buried some suspect layers. Teh biggest concern now is the bond of the new snow to the surface of the existing pack. Windlaoded areas could hide some unstable layers. More new snow is expected later this week. These storms could produce heavy snow so stay tuned for our Friday advisory. If you're headed to the mountains just be careful since the snowpack is thin and there are many unburied obstacles.
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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