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Avalanche danger to spike with hot weather in B.C.

01/17/2014 10:22 EST | Updated 03/19/2014 05:59 EDT
The record-setting sunny weather forecast for much of B.C. this weekend will raise the avalanche danger rating for most regions of the province, experts are warning.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre has issued a special warning for most regions of British Columbia including the North Coast Inland, South Coast Inland, Sea to Sky, North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay-Boundary, Lizard Range, and South Rockies.          

Centre manager Karl Klassen says during the warm spell there is the potential for very large natural and human-triggered avalanches through the weekend, prompting the centre to issue a special warning for the weekend.

Klassen is also concerned about what experts call "blue sky syndrome," in which people have a false sense of security in good weather and they underestimate the hazard of avalanches.

A special warning has also been issued by Parks Canada for mountain regions in Alberta and Eastern B.C.

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