We may be seeing above-seasonal temperatures in our area this weekend but if you are heading out to the backcountry this weekend Avalanche Canada has issued a special Public Avalanche Warning following a sharp rise in temperatures.

A release from Avalanche Canada emphasizes how widespread the warning is, "Dangerous avalanche conditions exist for all mountainous regions in western Canada and the hazard increases with each day of warm air. Regions with persistent or deep persistent slab avalanche problems will be especially problematic, with avalanches potentially involving the full depth of the snowpack."

Backcountry users are urged to "leave a wide margin for error during this warming period, stick to simple, low-angle terrain, and avoid all overhead avalanche hazards."

Avalanche Canada in partnership with Parks Canada, Kananaskis Country, and the province of British Columbia, issued the warning that will be in place until the end of Monday, May 1.

Avalanche forecasts can be seen on the Avalanche Canada website.

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