If exploring the back country of the Northwest Coastal or Inland region is on your To Do list over the New Year's weekend, Avalanche Canada is advising that you be cautious in your travels, listing the latest conditions to be found in the two areas of the coastal and inland regions.
The Friday forecast has placed the two Northwest regions in the Considerable/Moderate risk category with the weekend ahead.
Those two ranking are at the lower to mid range part of the five level system that Avalanche Canada uses, described as noted below:
Moderate -- Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Natural Avalanches unlikely; human triggered avalanches possible.
Considerable -- Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snow pack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential. Natural Avalanches likely, human triggered avalanches likely.
You can access the latest information bulletins from the Avalanche Canada website.
Notes on other weather related items around the Northwest can be found on our archive page.