A huge search is currently underway, involving multiple rescue agencies from the local area. Three people had gone snowmobiling on Wednesday, when they were suddenly hit by the avalanche. One managed to escape, but the other two were buried on the slide, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Brenda Bassett told the Missoulian that search and rescue crews and dogs began looking for the missing people on Wednesday afternoon.
There is currently no information about where the snowmobilers were from.
Montana is a western state defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains.
Annual snowfall in Montana reach up to 300 inches (25 feet) in the Rocky Mountains in the western half of the state.
The east may get as little as 20 inches.
Most of the larger cities have annual snowfall within the 30- to 50-inch range.
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