We heard something on the airwaves today we rarely hear, An Emergency Alert Warning for an Avalanche. We have the information.
From the National Weather Service
The US Forest Service Mount Washington Avalanche Center has issued a backcountry avalanche warning. This avalanche warning does not apply to operating ski areas.
* TIMING... In effect from 8:30am Tuesday to 7:30am Wednesday.
* AFFECTED AREA...The Presidential Range avalanche forecast area, which includes steep, open terrain in the mountains that are bounded by US Route 2, US Route 302, and NH Route 16. Avalanche Warning criteria may be met in other areas outside those forecast by the avalanche center.
* AVALANCHE DANGER... The avalanche danger is increasing throughout the day. Very dangerous avalanche conditions are actively developing on and below steep slopes in the mountains. Natural avalanche activity due to heavy snow and winds is very likely and travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.
* REASON/IMPACTS... An ongoing winter storm is bringing heavy snowfall and wind, creating unstable conditions in many areas in the backcountry over the next 24 hours.
Backcountry travelers should plan on rapidly changing conditions.
Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.
Consult the current avalanche advisory at
www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org for more detailed