- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say the risk of avalanches in the Adirondack High Peaks has increased because of recent storms and expected warmer weather.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising hikers, snowshoers and backcountry skiers to be extremely careful.

Officials say there is more than two feet of new snow on portions of the peaks after recent storms. With previous snowpack, there can be close to four feet of snow in some spots.

The forecast for this weekend is for temperatures climbing into the 40s.

Rangers say cross-country skiers and snowshoers should stay on trails and away from steep slopes on summits. Let someone know where you are going and carry a shovel, probes and a transceiver with fresh batteries.

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