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Avalanche warning is in place for large areas in the Rocky Mountains


Officials have issued an advisory about the risk of severe avalanches in a large area of ​​the Canadian Rockies.

Avalanche Canada issued a special public avalanche warning (SPAW) on Wednesday for most of BC’s Columbia Mountains, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks, as well as the Northern Rockies.

“SPAW extends from the southern boundary of Purcell Wildlife Reserve and Kokanee and Valhalla Provincial Park to Lake Williston in the north of Pine and Mackenzie Pass,” Avalanche Canada writes on its website.

The agency said recent weather was responsible for the increased risk of avalanches, said prolonged cold and dry temperatures led to weakened snow layers and a recent major storm destabilized the region. area “has the potential to generate large man-made avalanches.”

“The storm cycles that hit western Canada over the weekend added to heavy snowfall on a particularly weak low snow cover. This has brought conditions to the point of potentially dangerous avalanches,” Avalanche Canada said.

The advisory was issued between December 28 and January 2, but the agency said that even if the weather improves, the potential for an avalanche remains.

Anyone orienting the backcountry in the affected areas is encouraged to take precautions.

“Holding to lower-angle slopes and choosing smaller targets to mitigate the consequences of an avalanche are examples of how to reduce risk.”

More information about avalanche risks can be found online.

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