More Snow on the Way -- Avalanche Canada Advises Caution in Backcountry

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users in the northwest to keep a sharp eye on the weather, as they plan their outdoor activities.

This week's snowstorm caused a jump in the avalanche hazard rating for both the coastal and inland regions, and while the hazard has dropped a bit today, it's still "Moderate" to "Considerable" for the coastal zone, and officials are warning you  to stick to supported slopes and watch for signs of unstable snow such as whumpfs and cracks.

More snow is expected across the region over the next several days, although Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu [pictured at right] says it shouldn't be as heavy as what we saw on Monday and Tuesday.

"During that period Terrace received a good 54 centimetres of snow -- heading into today and tomorrow, even though we are expecting some snow for tonight and tomorrow, the amounts won't be as significant as what we received earlier in the week," she said.

Avalanche Canada says the incoming weather will give little time for storm slabs to heal.

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