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High danger warning for avalanches expected tomorrow in region

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March 19, 2013 - 11:55 AM

By Jessica Wallace

The local avalanche centre is warning recreational backcountry enthusiasts that avalanche warnings in the region are expected to tip towards the end of the danger scale tomorrow.

Avalanche forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Centre, Penny Goddard, said these warnings typically increase during this time of the year.

"During those periods we don't recommend travelling through avalanche terrain," she said.

The centre reported a size three slab avalanche in the southeast corner of the South Columbia region in the past week, and it was attributed to rapid loading from strong northwest winds.

Goddard said it won't be the last of the avalanches for the week.

"We are expecting to see some avalanche activity throughout the next few days," Goddard said. "We're expecting another storm to roll through."

She encourages backcountry users to educate themselves and prepare with necessary avalanche equipment. The centre offers a free online course about avalanche safety and online updates on avalanche forecasts.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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