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Dangerous avalanche conditions exist and human-caused avalanches are likely on Galena Summit and in the Eastern Mountains, according to the Tuesday early-morning report from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Ben VandenBos wrote that weak snow buried near the ground is capable of producing large, destructive avalanches and the possibility of slides is high. Danger in that area is listed as considerable at upper and middle elevations and moderate at lower elevations.

Avalanche conditions in the Sawtooth and Western Smoky Mountains have decreased in the last week to the moderate level at lower elevations and considerable at middle and upper elevations, VandenBos wrote. The same levels of danger exist on Banner Summit, he said.

Avalanche danger is less in the Soldier and Wood River Valley mountains, VandenBos said. There’s a moderate risk of avalanches at upper and middle elevations and a low risk at the lowest elevations.

A few inches of snow are forecast to arrive in the Sawtooth Avalanche Center’s monitoring area mid-week with “earnest” snowfall expected by the end of the week. Predictions call for up to a foot of new snow in many locations, VandenBos said.

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