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Avalanche Danger Still Considerable on Jumbo, Sentinel

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MISSOULA -
The avalanche danger on Mt. Jumbo and Mt. Sentinel is still set to considerable, and public access to these areas remains closed. This information does not apply to backcountry areas.

Specialists from the West Central Montana Avalanche Center tested an area of Mt. Jumbo Sunday, and found a weak snowpack structure and it does not take much force or weight to produce any kind of failure.

They say this weak structure makes natural avalanches possible and human triggered slides likely.

Steep, wind loaded terrain and areas where there are terrain traps, such as gullies, are dangerous. Experts say to avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Avalanche Specialists are working with the City of Missoula to assist with snow safety assessments and avalanche information updates.

The City of Missoula has closed public access to these areas, and they ask everyone to please respect this closure.

The Missoula City Police Department is continuing their investigation of Friday's snowboarder-triggered slide that destroyed two homes and buried three people.

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