Thursday April 24, 2014

Avalanche risk on the rise

The risk of avalanche is on the rise in mountains surrounding Kamloops.

On Friday, the Canadian Avalanche association issued a bulletin warning backcountry users of unstable snowpack with considerable to extreme risks in some areas.

The association is warning the public of "very dangerous" terrain in the North Columbia Monashees and Selkirks, which should be avoided entirely.

About 30 to 50 cm of new snow now tops a weak layer predominantly found on northerly aspects at treeline and in the alpine, which in turn sits on a crust that formed in October, states association the report.

"Triggering this weakness is unlikely, however, if triggered, the resulting avalanche would potentially be a large event with high consequences," states the association report.

Although less dangerous, risk of avalanche in South Columbia elevations are considerable at this point, especially in the alpine and treeline.

A few small avalanches were reported mid-week in isolated incidents related to the most recent snowstorm, according to the association.

An increase in avalanche activity is expected as wind speeds pick up and new snow accumulated on Friday.

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