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Unusual avalanche warnings for North Rockies


By Christine Rumleskie


The Canadian Avalanche Centre is calling the latest avalanche warnings highly unusual.

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For the third week in a row, the centre has issued numerous bulletins for the province, including the North Rockies.

Karl Klassen is a Public Avalanche Bulletins Manager with the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

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Klassen says there are a number of factors contributing to the warnings, including warm weather and unstable snow pack.

He says combine that with people traveling into the backcountry over the weekend and it could be a recipe for disaster.

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But even with those precautions, Klassen says an avalanche can still occur.

He says the general rules of thumb aren’t applying when spotting avalanche warning signs, and deadly avalanches are occurring on smaller inclines, and simple terrains.

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The avalanche warnings are effective immediately, and will last through Monday, March 8th.

Visit www.avalanche.ca for updated bulletins, and avalanche safety information.

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