Avalanche danger is increasing in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests because of increasing snowfall and temperatures in the teens to low 20s, Forest Service officials warn.
The weather forecast calls for more snow this weekend. In addition, winds are forecast for some areas of the Panhandle, the agency said.
Skiers and snowmobilers should beware of of slopes with wind-deposited snowbanks.
In general, backcountry travelers should be extremely cautious this weekend and should not stray from developed skiing and snowmobiling trails, the agency said. Travelers should keep an eye out for signs of recent slides.
They also should carry a shovel, avalanche probe or probe ski poles, a rescue beacon and a well-equipped first aid kit.
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