REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Avalanche Canada announced Wednesday that there is a special public avalanche warning for eastern British Columbia and western Alberta mountains.
Increasing temperatures are forecasted, and the effect of the first significant warming of the season will destabilize the snowpack.
The special warning is in effect through the weekend and applies to the following regions:
According to Warning Service Manager Karl Klassen, there are persistent weak layers in the snowpack across the area.
“When the sun and these high temperatures hit this complex snowpack, it’s going to have a destabilizing effect that will make natural and human-triggered avalanches more likely,” says Klassen.
The Rocky Mountain National Parks report there have been several close calls of large avalanches running the full extent of their reach.
Avalanche Canada says Backcountry users should check regional avalanche forecasts, ensure they have essential rescue gear and know-how to use it.
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