THIS SNOWPACK SUMMARY EXPIRED ON March 16, 2015 @ 1:07 am
Snowpack Summary published on March 15, 2015 @ 8:07 am
Issued by Ben Bernall - Kootenai National Forest
Snowpack Discussion

Rain on snow will continue to erode the dwindling low elevation snow pack. At upper elevations, the avalanche hazard will rise. We will likely see loose, wet avalanches. Given the amount of rain, the potential also exists for wet slab avalanches. If you venture into the rain today, carefully evaluate changing weather and snow pack conditions

recent observations

In the past 24 hours the Kootenai region received a substantial amount of rain at high elevation.

24 hour rain totals reported from local SNOTEL sites:

Poorman Creek (5100 feet) - 3.3 inches

Bear Mountain (5400 feet) - 3.2 inches

Hawkins Lake (6450 feet) - 1.9 inches

Garver Creek (4250 feet) - 1.0 inch

Banfield Mountain (5600 feet) - 1.1 inches

 

Disclaimer

This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.