02/23/2014 06:04 EST | Updated 04/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Avalanche Rescue Effort Underway In B.C., 2 Reported Hurt

Two people are believed to be seriously hurt after being caught in an avalanche in a popular backcountry ski area in the Kootenay Pass area, off B.C.'s Highway 3 between Salmo and Creston.

Nelson Search and Rescue leader Murray Springman said the weather is too socked in to reach the high mountain backcountry area near Stagleap Provincial Park by helicopter as planned.

Instead, between 12 and 16 search and rescue crew members will attempt to ski into the Twin Lakes area zone late Sunday afternoon, or early in the evening.

Springman said it is going to be a long night for the team, as they try to locate the two people and bring them out safely.

Avalanche warnings issued across B.C.

The Revelstoke-based Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a special avalanche warning this weekend, stating that there is significant potential for large, destructive avalanches in most B.C. mountain regions.

Recent heavy snow is sitting on a layer of weak snow, making for extremely dangerous conditions and no one should go into the backcountry without avalanche survival gear, the CAC said.

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