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The concern is snow layers at lower elevations are unstable, and backcountry users could be caught off guard.
Usually, it’s snow at higher elevations that poses the risk.
“With this layer, the trees are not the safe haven they normally are,” said senior avalanche forecaster Grant Helgeson. “And identifying avalanche terrain in these lower elevations can be difficult. You need to be aware of smaller slopes like cutblocks, roadcuts, gullies or even just openings in the trees. This is where the weak layer will be a problem and where it’s primed for human-triggered avalanches.”
The warning applies to the following regions: North Rockies, Cariboos, North & South Columbia, Glacier National Park, Purcells, South Rockies and the Lizard Range.
It extends through the weekend.