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Panhandle avalanche danger considered high

Some of the season’s most unstable snowpack conditions are turning up in the Inland Northwest mountains just as the region’s avalanche forecasters are preparing to move on to other tasks.

“What a way to end the forecasting season,” Kevin Davis, hydrologic technician at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Avalanche Center in Sandpoint, said Friday.

Snowpack evaluations in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains on Thursday “indicated we’re dealing with a problem snowpack right now,” he said.

The St. Regis Basin had “considerable” avalanche danger on steep, wind-loaded slopes, he said.

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