If you're heading off to the ski fields in the next few days, be warned that there's an increased risk of avalanches due to heavy snow call and strong winds.
Emergency services have put out a warning avalanches could be possible in back country alpine areas with the weather forecast over the next few days making things worse.
Hume Regional Controller Ross Sullivan said forecast weather for coming days would not help the situation.
“There has been significant snowfall already and we expect that to continue tonight, adding to the risk of avalanches occurring” said Mr Sullivan.
“In the warning areas, the safest area for skiing and winter activities is within the patrolled resort areas. People should exercise caution if skiing or snowboarding in areas that are beyond the ski area boundaries and avoid back country areas.”
Here's the advice from emergency services:
- Stay within alpine resort managed areas.
- You should exercise caution if skiing or snowboarding in areas that are beyond the ski area boundaries.
- Avoid back country areas. Experienced skiers and snowboarders should be aware that avalanches in backcountry areas are likely on steep slopes that face between east and south, especially at higher elevations and near ridge tops. Avalanches are also possible on all aspects.
- When driving be aware of weather and road conditions. Stay on main roads and observe road closures.