South Klondike Highway hit with 'way above average' snowfall, closures due to avalanche risk

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A snowplow clears a path on the South Klondike Highway. On Tuesday, the highway was shut down. (Colin MacKenzie)

This year’s large snowfall in southern Yukon has caused issues for highway staff and for people contracted by the territory’s Highways and Public Works department to deal with avalanches.

This weekend was no exception, and crews kept bust as they responded to avalanche activity along the South Klondike Highway.

Colin MacKenzie, an avalanche contractor for Yukon’s Department of Highways and Public Works, said this is due to a series of storms coming off the Pacific that have brought more snow, intense winds, and warmer temperatures.

This has a particularly

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