Stormy Weather Causes Dangerous Conditions

Avalanche Canada says an extreme avalanche ranking remains posted along the Alberta/B-C boundary throughout Jasper National Park and in the alpine and treeline regions of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.  Storms are expected to dump between 60 and 100 centimetres of fresh snow by the time the system passes Friday.  Avalanche Canada says the extreme rating means that those who use the backcountry should avoid all avalanche terrain and that large, natural or human-triggered avalanches are certain.

The snow storm missed the Okanagan and Shuswap, but it hit the Columbias hard.  The avalanche danger is high in the North and South Columbias and Percels.  Forecasters says natural avalanche activity in that region will likely taper off through Friday, but the current setup is primed for large human triggered avalanches.