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Winter Safety BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

Winter Safety BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

Winter Safety BC Nature Study Outdoor Education

The very changeable weather that we have been experiencing in the Cariboo this winter brings safety to mind.  Normally we experience several months of cold, snow and icy conditions.  We normally prepare for the outdoors in late October.  Turning off and draining the outdoor faucets, checking seals around doors and windows, making sure the boot cleats still in working order, and ensuring that the mittens and toques are close at hand.  This year we almost thought there would be no winter, but as usual one day you wake up and it is upon you.

Winter Safety

The extreme cold of early January and no snow fall has passed and now the temperatures have moderated to -6 to -10•c and we have had several days of significant snowfall.  The concerns come with the forecast increase in temperatures to above freezing within a few days.

Ice Safety Tips: Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories

Roads and walkways will melt down to the very icy surface that was formed during the cold weather.  The ice that has formed on our lakes is in several layers and now has snow on the surface.  This can cause weak layers, large crystals, and overflows.  Before you go out on the ice check the depth of the ice and look for clear and opaque areas.

Free Loons Ice Cream photo and picture 

https://www.lifesaving.org/public-education/water-smart-tips2/ice-safety-tips

Similar issues can be observed on snowy trails, roadways, and our own driveways.  Varying temperatures and humidity will create snow layers that can become very unstable as the temperatures warms up.

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