Avalanche Canada is warning of a high avalanche hazard in areas of Kananaskis Country, west of Airdrie.

"Up to 60 centimetres of snow is expected by Wednesday. Avoid the backcountry until the storm passes and the avalanche hazard has diminished," Avalanche Canada warned. 

According to the organization, the new snow will now be sitting on top of a mostly firm or melt/freeze crust on all aspects and will likely be a good sliding interface, especially on steeper terrain.

"This new snow will likely form a soft slab with the warmer temperatures or a wind slab with the forecast winds. Both of these slabs will be sensitive to triggering and have the potential to propagate far. Patience is the game here; wait for the new snow to settle and bond before venturing into the backcountry."

Avalanche Canada added that it's important to watch for changing conditions today, as storm slabs may become increasingly reactive.

"Storm slab size and sensitivity to triggering will likely increase through the day. Use increased caution at all elevations. Storm snow is forming touchy slabs."

Yesterday, Alberta Parks officials stated that the Spray Lakes Road (Highway 762) from Grassi Lakes to Goat Creek has been closed due to the high avalanche hazard. The closure is in effect until at least Thursday.

Kananaskis, like many other parts of Alberta, continues to be under a snowfall warning.

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