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As avalanche danger increases, experts urge extreme caution

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The snow has been coming down at a solid clip in the valleys, and higher elevations picked up close to a foot or more which is causing dangerous avalanche conditions.

Avalanche warnings are up in West Yellowstone, and everywhere else is considered high avalanche danger. 

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is urging people in West Yellowstone to be extra careful if heading in the backcountry because the snowpack is very unstable.

 Natural avalanches were expected Wednesday at all elevations.

“In the last 12 hours we’ve had a drastic change in avalanche danger. Yesterday it was moderate in most places, which means the chances of triggering something aren’t great,” said Avalanche Center Director Doug Chabot.

“That changed overnight with this new snow to where we have an avalanche warning down in West Yellowstone and we have high avalanche danger everywhere else. Especially on wind loaded slopes. So because we saw in the last 24 hours it can change really fast.  It goes from being relatively safe to really dangerous in the snap of a finger,” Chabot said.

For a list of training classes, visit the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s Education Calendar.

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