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Avalanche bulletin: Danger rated high

WINTER SPORTS -- The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has issued a warning that avalanche danger is rated as high in many areas as a storm and changing weather conditions engulf the Inland Northwest.

Mountain visitors are urged to check weather and avalanche reports, and use caution when skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling in the national forest, officials said in a press release issued today.
Here's a summary report issued by the Panhandle Avalanche Center.
Current and predicted heavy storm activity is increasing the avalanche hazard in the Inland Northwest to HIGH. According to the American Avalanche Association, “Natural avalanches are likely; human triggered avalanches very likely.”
Based on current analysis, the underlying snow pack conditions are an ideal running surface for avalanches at all elevations.  Winter recreationists should beware of slopes greater than 30 degrees. As the week progresses, avalanche danger is expected to increase due to wind loading and warm temperatures turning to rain.
The center will release its next compelete avalanche forecast Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

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