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Outdoors in the Cariboo March 12, 2024

Outdoors in the Cariboo March 12, 2024

Outdoors in the Cariboo March 12, 2024

As spring approaches, we are still able to enjoy some of the winter activities and are switching over to more fair-weather pursuits.Free Avalanche Avalanche Cone photo and picture

It is a changeable time of year both for weather and conditions on the ground.  We are often warned about avalanche conditions caused by changing weather and snowfall.  Warming trends have caused unstable snow conditions and new snowfall may cover traces of these weak layers of snow.  Watch for cornices that may break away causing a fall or creating an avalanche.  Something else to watch for are tree wells.  Deep snow that has surrounded most of a tree can have very weak edges that give way easily.  The area surrounding the dark branches of the tree is open while the snowy sides are often very icy.  Falling into one of these tree wells can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.

trees coated with snow

Our lakes and ponds have experienced the same changeable weather conditions.  Th


Free Frozen Lake Snow photo and picturee freeze and thaw cycles have created weak layers in the ice and overflow conditions that can be unsafe.  Strong currents from creeks and riversthat have opened up early may make for unstable ice conditions where they enter and leave lakes and ponds.   It is not only the thickness of the ice but these other conditions that must be noted when you head out on the lake for a day of ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, or just a walk on a sunny afternoon.

Use caution, plan ahead, and leave information about your trip.  Get out and enjoy the warming spring days.

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