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Avalanche danger begins to grow

Regional avalanche centers are beginning to keep a close eye on changing conditions.

In the Sawtooth region, an observer found 12 to 14 inches of new snow on top of old snow. Although the slab was very soft, snowpack tests indicated unstable conditions.

New and wind-transported snow have loaded weak old snow layers in the north-facing terrain of upper elevations. Steep slopes that may have enough snow for skiing or riding are likely to have dangerous avalanche conditions.

You can find additional information from the Sawtooth region here.

Avalanche danger was described as “considerable” in the Bridger Teton Region east of Idaho Falls in the Jackson Hole region. The dangerous avalanche conditions require conservative decision-making, according to the avalanche center.

The Bridger Teton Avalanche Center is available here.

In the Logan area, the Utah Avalanche Center is reporting considerable to moderate conditions.

The Utah Avalanche Center is available here.

There were no serious avalanche dangers reported in the Gallatin region near West Yellowstone Monday morning. However, snowmobilers and skiiers were urged to watch conditions carefully in light of new snowstorms forecast for the area.

You can find more information about Gallatin National Forest conditions here.

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