THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON December 12, 2018 @ 10:35 am
Avalanche Advisory published on December 11, 2018 @ 10:35 am
Issued by Kevin Davis - Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Kootenai
Selkirks/Cabinets
St. Regis Basin/Silver Valley

bottom line

IPAC will begin issuing regularly scheduled avalanche forecasts beginning this Friday, December 14th.  Forecasts will be posted twice a week, Tuesday and Fridays.  You can get forecast information here, the IPAC facebook page, and our phone hotline at 208 765-7323.   As usual, we are interested in hearing what you are seeing out there.  Please help us make the forecast better by posting relevant info on our observations page. 

How to read the advisory

Kootenai
Selkirks/Cabinets
St. Regis Basin/Silver Valley

How to read the advisory

IPAC will begin issuing regularly scheduled avalanche forecasts beginning this Friday, December 14th.  Forecasts will be posted twice a week, Tuesday and Fridays.  You can get forecast information here, the IPAC facebook page, and our phone hotline at 208 765-7323.   As usual, we are interested in hearing what you are seeing out there.  Please help us make the forecast better by posting relevant info on our observations page. 

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advisory discussion

A series of Pacific storms is hitting the northwest right now.  Sunday night and Monday nights’ storms have produced a few inches of new snow in the mountains with light to moderate winds.  This new snow has buried some suspect layers.  The biggest concern now is the bond of the new snow to the surface of the existing pack.  Windloaded 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.

Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
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.