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DEC Warns Of Avalanche Dangers In The Adirondacks

DEC warns of avalanche dangers
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Utica, NY (WIBX) - Despite the delivery of the one, two punch predicted to come from the recent snow storm, officials at the Department of Environmental Conservation are warning of the dangers of avalanches after snow build up in the Adirondacks.

DEC officials say that the snow accumulation on Adirondack Mountain slopes pose serious dangers of avalanches and are urging those in the area, and those taking part in winter recreation activities to take all necessary precautions. According to the report, avalanche dangers increase during and after major snowfall, and the recent snow storm in the area, although not as severe as meteorologist predicted, increased the chance of an avalanche in the Adirondacks.

DEC is issuing these precautions for back country winter recreationists:

  • Know avalanche rescue techniques;
  • Practice safe route finding;
  • Carry safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • Never travel alone
  • Know the terrain, weather and snow conditions; and
  • Inform someone where you plan to go and when you expect to return.

For more information on avalanche dangers safety and precautions contact the DEC at (518) 897-1200 or visit the website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/950.html.

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