Avalanche Hazard Climbing -- on Highways and in Backcountry

=== 9AM UPDATE:   HIGHWAY 16 CLOSED BETWEEN PRINCE RUPERT AND TERRACE == High Avalanche Hazard Highway 16 Both directions - Closed in both directions 13 km east of Port Edward Turnoff to 35 km west of Terrace (83.8 km) because of High Avalanche Hazard. No detour available. Estimated time of opening is not available;assessment in progress. Next update Noon. Updated on Tue Feb 13 at 8:46 am PST. (ID# 273984)




[DRIVE BC WEBCAM PHOTO:  Hwy 16, at Kasiks resort area, 60 km west of Terrace, looking east.]

The Transportation Ministry has issued an Avalanche Alert for Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace.

Drive BC reports that the highway is currently open, but may close within the next six hours, as snow has been falling for several hours.

The backcountry avalanche hazard is back up to "High" for the Northwest Coastal Zone, and "Considerable" for the Inland Zone.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds are forecast all day today.

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users to avoid all avalanche terrain.

Strong winds have created touchy slabs at higher elevations --  so be wary of persistent slabs lurking at lower elevations.

Choose conservative terrain and be aware of overhead hazard.

For more information, visit http://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/northwest-coastal