Special avalanche warning issued for widespread area of Alberta and B.C.

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Spring avalanche season in Banff National Park runs until mid-June. (Dave Gilson/CBC - image credit)
Spring avalanche season in Banff National Park runs until mid-June. (Dave Gilson/CBC - image credit)

A special avalanche warning has been issued for a widespread area of Alberta and British Columbia.

Avalanche Canada says there have been several close calls already and warming temperatures will destabilize the snowpack, making natural and human-triggered avalanches much more likely.

A map provided by Avalanche Canada shows the areas affected as part of a special avalanche warning issued Wednesday.
A map provided by Avalanche Canada shows the areas affected as part of a special avalanche warning issued Wednesday.(Avalanche Canada)

The warning is in effect immediately and will remain as such throughout the upcoming weekend. The warning includes the following regions:

  • North Rockies

  • Cariboos

  • Jasper National Park

  • Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

  • Kananaskis Country

  • South Rockies

  • Lizard and Flathead

  • Waterton Lakes National Park

Anyone heading to the backcountry is told to check Avalanche Canada's website and have the proper gear and training.