Jackson, Wyo. – Avalanche centers around the West are warning that backcountry conditions are already hazardous and likely to become even more dangerous with coming snows.
Centers in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming have issued warnings.
Bob Comey is director of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center in Jackson. He says area mountains already have an unstable snowpack. He says the area is expecting to see perhaps as much as 2 feet of new snow in coming days.
Comey says the center anticipates a major avalanche cycle during the storm and immediately afterward. He says backcountry conditions are likely to remain dangerous for some time.