Thursday's avalanche advisory: Moderate danger

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From the West Central Montana Avalanche Center: The current avalanche danger is MODERATE for the west central Montana backcountry. Human triggered avalanches are possible in specific terrain. Conditions will change quickly today as water is added to the snowpack and could easily jump to CONSIDERABLE by early afternoon. Continual evaluation of the avalanche conditions will be essential for recreating in the backcountry today.
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Good morning, this is Logan King with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center’s avalanche advisory for Thursday, February 16, 2017. This danger rating does not apply to operating ski areas, expires at midnight tonight and is the sole responsibility of the U.S. Forest Service.

For the full advisory including photos and video, visit the West Central Montana Avalanche Center's website.

Here's what the National Weather Service's backcountry forecast has to say as the weekend approaches:

A surge of tropical moisture is making its way through the Northern Rockies today causing widespread precipitation. Snow levels will remain fairly high during the day then drop tonight as a weak cold front moves through the region. The mountains across north central Idaho into west central Montana will receive the heaviest amount of moisture from this event. An active weather pattern will persist over the Northern Rockies through at least mid next week.

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