Avalanche bulletins issued for parts of the Rocky Mountains; 15 to 40 cm of snow is expected

An atmospheric Pacific Ocean river that has found its way into the country has prompted Avalanche Canada to issue bulletins for parts of the Rocky Mountains.

The bulletins relate to Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.

Avalanche Canada predicts Level 4, or very dangerous avalanche conditions, for these areas – except for Jasper, which is Level 3, or significantly.

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“An intense weather system is arriving early Sunday morning with expected snowfalls of between 15 and 40 cm depending on the weather model and strong to extreme westerly winds,” Avalanche Canada said in the bulletin.

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»Another strong snow pulse has been announced on Monday. Freezing levels will hover around 1,900 meters until things start to cool off on Tuesday morning. “

“When the new snow and wind come, wind plates will form quickly over the next few days, and natural and human-triggered avalanches will be very likely in steeply charged terrain,” Avalanche Canada said. “Beware of danger overhead as cornice faults are also likely.”

In its assessments, Avalanche Canada for level 4 says that travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

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In related news, Environment Canada this weekend issued warnings about winter storms for the Trans-Canada Highway in BC’s southeastern region.

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According to the National Weather Agency, the highway could see 30 to 50 inches of snow until Monday.

But at lower altitudes, the highway could also see 45 to 75 millimeters of rain.

Visit DriveBC for the latest road conditions in BC.

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