SANDPOINT, Idaho -- On Friday morning, the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center issued advisories for areas near Sandpoint and Lookout Pass, calling the avalanche danger high.
The recent snow and high winds are having an impact on the avalanche danger. Local avalanche experts are warning people who are going into the back country to be prepared.
Slides were reported in the cabinet mountains this week, one of which swept away a man riding a snow bike. He survived.
Avalanche experts said new snow adds stress to weak layers of snowpack that formed earlier in the season. They also said high winds have created snowdrifts in some mountain areas, creating pressure points that could cause an avalanche.
Experts at the Avalanche Center ask people to use caution when doing anything in an avalanche-prone area.