Rescue teams issue Peak District avalanche warnings

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Mountain rescue teams have issued a warning to walkers in the Peak District about the danger of overhanging snow drifts and the potential for them to collapse and cause avalanches.

Edale Mountain Rescue says the unusual weather in the Peak District has resulted in potentially hazardous conditions.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “The heavy snow and the south easterly winds have resulted in some spectacular “cornices” on exposed edges in the Peak.

“Stanage Edge is particularly affected. These overhanging snow banks are often suspended over steep rock outcrops.

“From above they can appear solid but they will quickly collapse if walked on by the unwary!”

He added: “These cornices also represent a hazard from below. As temperatures rise, the snow becomes more unstable and the cornices will collapse resulting in small

avalanches.

“Some popular routes under the edge are particularly threatened by this and already we’ve seen some significant collapses onto the Roman Road bridleway. Blocks of snow the size of washing machines have landed on the path, fortunately not while anyone was passing!

“These conditions are very unusual for our area and many visitors may not be familiar with the these hazards which are more commonly associated with more mountainous terrain.

“We are keen that people should get out and experience this beautiful area during the Easter holidays, especially while the snow lasts, but we’d ask everyone to take extra care when around the Peak District edges.”

Have you witnessed an avalanche in the Peak District?

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