Special Public Avalanche Warning - Pine Pass/Chetwynd Area
Special Public Avalanche Warning in effect for December 28 until the end of Monday, January 2.
According to Avalanche Canada, the recent storm and subsequent weather conditions have destabilized a weak snowpack.
The SPAW is "the result of a prolonged cold and dry start to the winter allowing a number of persistent weak layers to form in the snowpack across the interior ranges of BC. The recent storm and warming temperatures have now destabilized that weak snowpack, making large, human-triggered avalanches likely" says Avalanche Canada.
The storm cycles that hit western Canada over the past weekend added significant snow on top of an exceptionally weak lower snowpack. This has brought the conditions to a tipping point where dangerous avalanches are likely.
People are encouraged to making conservative terrain choices to manage this risk. Stick to lower angle slopes and choose smaller objectives that minimize the consequences of an avalanche.
Source - Avalanche Canada