FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Avalanche Canada urges caution in the North Rockies southwest of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, as the agency predicts a high likelihood of avalanche events in the area.
According to the avalanche forecast for Wednesday, level 4, or high danger ratings have been issued for all three areas: below the treeline, above the treeline and in the alpine region.
Level 4 conditions are considered very dangerous. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Natural avalanches are likely, and human-caused avalanches are considered very likely.
Large avalanches can occur in many areas, or very large avalanches can occur in specific areas, according to the backcountry resource.
By Thursday, conditions will improve slightly. The forecast calls for level 3 danger above the treeline and in the alpine, but the risk below the treeline will be level 2.
On Friday, the alpine danger will be level 3, treeline danger will be level 2 and below treeline will be level 1, or low danger.
“The new snow may require another day to settle and stabilize. Only the most simple non-avalanche terrain free of overhead hazards is appropriate at this time. Avoid areas with overhead hazard,” reads the advice from Avalanche Canada.
A fatal avalanche occurred on Saturday in the Sunshine Bowl. A machine triggered a level 3 avalanche that partially buried two people. The one individual who was fully buried did not survive.
For up-to-the-minute information about avalanche conditions in British Columbia, go to the Avalanche Canada website.