Avalanche Update Nov 20

Posted by on November 20, 2017

Thanks to Conny the Hurley avalanche tech for this latest avalanche report. Be safe out there everyone!

Tomorrow a pineapple express is moving in and a widespread avalanche cycle is expected. Weather models are in agreement on the temperatures but conflicting in amounts of rain. It will rain 40-80 mm up to about 2500m in the Bridge Valley starting tomorrow morning. The hazard will steadily increase and peak around 8pm on Wednesday. It will probably pass by the weekend.

If the weather plays out as forecast the hazard in the backcountry will be HIGH by late tomorrow and EXTREME on Wednesday at Treeline and in the Alpine. Large avalanches are expected to reach valley bottom and could affect several roads throughout the Gold Bridge area including, Noel, Cadwallader, Hurley (east and west), Hope, Lone Goat, Donnelly, Bridge, Slim and into the South Chilcotins.

Flooding, washouts and debris flows are possible as well, especially further south.

Avalanche Canada will start forecasting for the Coast mountains on Thursday Nov 23.

Please take care out there and don’t travel unless you have to. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be there. Be ready to spend the night out if the road is cut off.

Conny Amelunxen
Avalanche Professional
Boralex, Backcountry Snowcats, TLH, and Aspen Planers, Innergex

The last driver update was from Nov 18. Thanks to Pat Mulroony for this update and photo: Drove the Hurley at 7pm from Pemberton. Plowed to Hope Creek with about 10cms on the surface. Not plowed to East Hurley junction but many trucks created good ruts. Passing would be difficult. After about 4km from the East Hurley it was plowed again down to Gold Bridge. We drove a Tacoma with nokian snow tires.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.  Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.

Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.  Have a safe drive!

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November 18 7pm

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