EVERETT — People planning to enjoy spring weather this weekend need to remember that there are plenty of winter dangers still lurking.
Rapidly warming temperatures in the mountains have created dangerous avalanche conditions, officials warned. That also means that melting snow is filling local rivers, creating fast and freezing waters.
“It’s critical for people to remember there’s still lots of snow at the lower altitudes,” Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said. “Add warm weather to the mix and it’s possible we could have some avalanches.”
Some people already have been spotted climbing on the snow field above the Big Four Ice Caves. That can be a dangerous spot, Hover said.
The low-elevation ice caves form in snow that is compressed by repeated avalanches in winter and spring.
Check avalanche conditions before hitting any hiking trail, and be wary of rivers, officials warn.