Avalanche Advisory published on December 5, 2016 @ 2:36 pm
Issued by Dave Bingaman - Payette Avalanche Center
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Snow is slowly accumulating through the West Central area, the snowpack doubled in some areas with recent and wind deposited snow over the weekend. We are not issuing advisories yet but please let us know what you are seeing if you get out in the mountains. Check out our education page for a list of upcoming classes.



How to read the advisory

recent observations

A decent winter storm rolled through the West Central Mountains over the weekend dropping 6-15 inches of new snow witth some moderate winds.  In some places this storm probably doubled our snowpack. Older snow from October can still be found on shady aspects with pre-storm depths of 30-40 inches in the upper elevations. The local NWS weather forecast is calling for a light snow accumulations and cold temperatures throughout the week with a warming trend going into the weekend.  

Folks are starting to get out and explore but reports indicate that conditions need to improve for off trail travel, check out the recent observations from Fisher Creek Saddle.  As soon as we have enough snow to allow for widespread recreational access we will start our regular forecasting schedule.  In the meantime, if you are out in the backcountry please let us know what you are seeing. Check your avalanche gear and keep up those snow dances. Check out our education page for a list of upcoming classes in the area. Our next update will be Friday morning.


This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.