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Feb 7, 2011 7:17 PM by KBZK Media Center

Backcountry avalanche warning in effect for Bozeman area mountains

A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for the Bridger and northern Gallatin Range and the mountains outside Cooke City, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

"Heavy snowfall since Saturday has been deposited on a weak snowpack. Strong winds at all elevations are loading slopes further. Continued and intense snow through tonight will create very unstable conditions through Tuesday, February 8," according a news release from the GNFAC.

The avalanche danger is rated high on all slopes with dangerous avalanche conditions in these ranges. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended and avalanche runout zones should be avoided, according to the GNFAC.

The warning will either terminate or be updated by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Go to www.mtavalanche.com/current for the most up-to-date information.

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