THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON February 20, 2019 @ 7:04 am
Avalanche Advisory published on February 19, 2019 @ 7:04 am
Issued by Jeff Thompson - Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Selkirks/Cabinets

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Cold temperatures have stiffen and settled the snow near the surface. Most areas I traveled to yesterday. had very supportable snow with 3-5'' of light snow blowing around on the surface.  I observed a lot of erratic wind loading from many different directions so becareful around terrain your familiar with...it may have taken on a different character over the past week or so

How to read the advisory

Selkirks/Cabinets

How to read the advisory

Cold temperatures have stiffen and settled the snow near the surface. Most areas I traveled to yesterday. had very supportable snow with 3-5'' of light snow blowing around on the surface.  I observed a lot of erratic wind loading from many different directions so becareful around terrain your familiar with...it may have taken on a different character over the past week or so

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Above Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

2. Moderate

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Near Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

2. Moderate

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Below Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
    Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
Avalanche Problem 1: Wind Slab
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Avalanche Problem 2: Persistent Slab
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Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
Weather observations from the Region
0600 temperature: 17 deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: 25 deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours: NW
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: 6 mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: 14 mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: 0 inches
Total snow depth: 200cm inches
Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Spokane NWS
For 2000 ft. to 4000 ft.
Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday
Weather: Snow Snow Snow
Temperatures: 18 High deg. F. 12 Low deg. F. 25 High deg. F.
Wind Direction: W NW N
Wind Speed: 3-5 3-5 8-10
Expected snowfall: 0-2'' in. 0-2'' in. >1'' in.
For 4000 ft. to 6000 ft.
Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday
Weather: Snow Snow Snow
Temperatures: 18 High deg. F. 13 Low deg. F. 25 High deg. F.
Wind Direction: SW S NE
Wind Speed: 13-15 13-15 11-16
Expected snowfall: 1-3'' in. 1-2'' in. >1'' 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.