Special Avalanche warning issued for parts of the province, including the Kootenays

A special avalanche warning has been issued for recreational backcountry users in mountains stretching through south and central British Columbia.
 Avalanche Canada says the snowpack is unstable ``to a critical point'' in areas from the Kootenays east to the Alberta border and north toward Prince George.

  It says the instability is the result of recent snowstorms and warming temperatures, making it easy for skiers or snowmobilers to trigger large slides.