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Avalanche warnings issued for western Alberta and eastern B.C.

Last Updated Mar 3, 2021 at 4:46 pm MDT

Parks Canada says the bodies of two American snowshoers who were caught in an avalanche in Banff National Park have been recovered after rescuers were finally able to get to the snowslide. The site of an avalanche on Mt. Hector, which claimed the lives of two U.S. citizens, is seen in Banff National Park in a March 16, 2017, handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

REVELSTOKE, B.C. (660NEWS) — With warmer temperatures in the forecast for the weekend, Avalanche Canada along with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country are warning those headed to the backcountry.

Anyone visiting the mountains in western Alberta and eastern B.C. should be aware of the risks as warm temperatures could destablize the snowpack.

Avalanche Canada has had several reports of close calls of slides and is concerned with the forecast.

With the warmer weather, it is more likely for a natural or human-triggered slide and the warnings will be in place throughout the weekend.

The special warning applies to the following regions:

– North Rockies
– Cariboos
– Jasper National Park
– Banff, Yoho, & Kootenay National Parks
– Kananaskis Country
– South Rockies
– Lizard & Flathead
– Waterton Lakes National Park

“There are persistent weak layers in the snowpack all across this area,” explains Karl Klassen, Warning Service Manager for Avalanche Canada. “When the sun and these high temperatures hit this complex snowpack, it’s going to have a destabilizing effect that will make natural and human-triggered avalanches much more likely.”

If you are planning to head into the backcountry, you should check the forecast at Avalanche.ca before heading out and pack all of the essential rescue gear and the knowledge to use it.