Special avalanche warning in effect
Avalanche Canada has issues a special warning to recreational users of the backcountry this weekend.
The organization says varying temperatures and high winds are increasing the risk of avalanches in areas around Trail, Cranbrook, Newgate and Sparwood.
The southern parts of the Purcells, and the eastern part of the Kootenay Boundary are also included.
People without avalanche experience or training are recommended to avoid heading out.
For those still planning trips up the mountains, Avalanche Canada suggests sticking to simple terrain and exercising extreme caution, and checking www.avalanche.ca for updated warnings and conditions before heading out.