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Avalanche Strikes Silver Mountain in Kellogg Idaho; Killing 1, and rescuing 5

- Kellogg, ID

Search-and-rescue operations were underway Tuesday afternoon at a ski resort in northern Idaho after a deadly avalanche.

Crews responded to reports of several trapped on a ski run at the Silver Mountain Resort in Shoshone County after the avalanche struck at about 11 a.m. local time, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office. Later Tuesday afternoon, the resort confirmed in a Facebook post that one person died and five others were rescued with minor injuries.

Photos By: Coeur d'Alene Fire Department / Taylor Viydo of Spokane, WA

The resort, which has seen below-average snowfall this season, picked up 17 inches of snow in the 24-hour period prior to the incident. Two ski runs were impacted by the avalanche, and both were in-bounds, the Spokesman-Review reported.

The sheriff's office received reports of as many as three avalanches but did not confirm that more than one slide occurred.

A backcountry avalanche warning is in effect until 6 a.m. PST Wednesday morning. The avalanche danger is currently rated at high by the Forest Service Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center Sandpoint ID.

"Heavy snow has recently fallen over the area, and high winds are causing avalanches to occur," said meteorologist Brian Donegan. "Winds may finally diminish by Wednesday night or Thursday."

Silver Mountain is located near the town of Kellogg in the Idaho Panhandle, about 70 miles east of Spokane, Washington.

Contributed: Sean Breslin, WEATHER ATLANTA, GA

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