Snow Avalanche Guidance

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Backcountry Forecast for western Montana and north central Idaho
National Weather Service Missoula MT
458 AM MST Fri Dec 15 2017
A weak winter storm cycle will exist over the region for at least
the next week beginning Friday afternoon.
Snow levels will be just above valley elevations for much of the 
first system, with up to 8 inches total accumulation at pass 
elevations today through Saturday. Wind gusts over 40 mph along 
the Continental Divide will make backcountry travel difficult 
through tonight. Winds lighten up by Saturday midday.
The following storm system on Sunday- Monday will have similar 
snow and wind concerns along Continental Divide as well. A much 
colder pattern will arrive for the latter half of next week, 
however no significant breaks between mountain snows anticipated.
Elevations above 4,000 FT:
                      Today        Tonight      Sat      
Cloud Cover           70%          90%          75%      
Hi/Lo Temps           25 to 37     11 to 22     19 to 31 
Winds(mph)            SW 16G44     W  8G25      W  6     
Precip Chc            80           90           50       
Precip Type           snow         snow         sno/shr  
Liquid Amt            0.08         0.22         0.06     
Snow Ratio(SLR)       13:1         18:1         19:1     
Snow Amt(in)          1-2          4-6          1-2      
Snow Level            3500         2000         1500