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
- North Columbia
- South Columbia
- Kootenay Boundary
- South Rockies
- Lizard Range
"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.