FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Avalanche Canada says the recently issued avalanche warning for the Northern Rockies will likely be in effect moving into next week.

Mike Conlan, an Avalanche Forecaster with Avalanche Canada, says that due to snow and upcoming mild weather conditions in the region, the avalanche danger rating is likely to remain elevated.

“What that warming does is it can really rapidly de-stabilize the snowpack and with that, we’re certainly expecting avalanche activity to continue into next week, which will keep the danger rating elevated,” Conlan explained.

Conlan advises residents heading into the Rockies to exercise extreme caution if they choose to head into the region.

“Really be diligent during this period, especially where this snow may overlie a weak layer that can take weeks to stabilize,” Conlan said.

Conlan says while the region isn’t necessarily off-limits, he recommends that only those who have received avalanche training and feel confident in identifying avalanche terrain should venture into the mountains.

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