Avalanche Canada Warns of "Pacific Fire Hose" Sweeping Across Northwest

John Crawford
01/11/2019

The backcountry avalanche hazard is climbing rapidly in the Northwest Coastal Zone, thanks to the Pacific frontal system sweeping across the region.

Avalanche Canada says on its website that the Northwest Coast is in the cross-hairs of what it calls "a Pacific fire hose".

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Intense precipitation, extreme winds and warm temperatures will prime the snowpack for avalanches, and Avalanche Canada says it's a good time to hit the ski hill, or the hot springs!

The Avalanche Hazard for the Coastal Zone today is rated as "High" for the Treeline and Alpine areas, and "Considerable" below the treeline -- and that rating will likely continue for most of the weekend.

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For the Northwest Inland Zone, Avalanche Canada says storm slabs are likely to be encountered and may be reactive to human triggering, especially in wind loaded areas.

For updated information, visit https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/northwest-coastal 

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