Park: Dangerous snow conditions in North Cascades

Park: Dangerous snow conditions in North Cascades
Cornice failures above Noisy Glacier. May 16, 2014. Photo provided by North Cascades National Park Service.
MARBLEMOUNT, Wash. (AP) - Officials are advising backcountry visitors to North Cascades National Park to be careful because of hazardous snow conditions during the next several weeks.

Park geologist Jon Riedel says heavy snow buildup late in the winter combined with warm temperatures in recent weeks have made avalanche conditions especially dangerous this year.

His team has witness numerous avalanches and cornice failures while out surveying throughout the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.

Park officials want backcountry enthusiasts to be extra careful when going our near or above the snowline. Visitors should have avalanche awareness and hazard training and carry avalanche safety gear such as beacons and snow probes. They also shouldn't travel alone.