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Avalanche warning issued for B.C. interior

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users that a weak snowpack is raising possibilities of avalanches in B.C. Interior this weekend.

Heavy snow, high winds and warm temperatures lead to dangerous conditions

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users to avoid certain areas as colder weather means dangerous conditions. (CBC)

A combination of heavy snow, strong winds and warm weather has Avalanche Canada urging backcountry users in the B.C. Interior to use caution this weekend. 

In a release, officials say the main concern is that temperatures will drop this weekend creating the potential for large and possibly destructive human-triggered avalanches. They say a slow start to winter, with cold temperatures and low snowfall has created a weak snow pack.

Warnings were issued for:

  • North Rockies
  • Cariboos
  • North Columbia
  • South Columbia
  • Purcells
  • Kootenay Boundary
  • South Rockies
  • Lizard Range
  • Flathead

"Now we've finally had a good storm and people are ready to ride. But all that new snow fell on a relatively fragile structure. This weekend there's going to be pent-up demand for powder snow. It will be essential to take things slow and exercise cautious decision making," said Joe Lammers, a public avalanche forecaster with Avalanche Canada.

Avalanche Canada recommends backcountry users avoid big, steep slopes and stick to simple, low-angle terrain. It also recommends trail users are equipped with avalanche safety equipment including an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.