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
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
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.