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BREAKING: Five snowmobilers killed after British Columbia avalanche

Five snowmobilers are dead after an avalanche struck their party on Friday in British Columbia, Canada.

The avalanche occurred near McBride, B.C., according to CBC News.

At least three separate snowmobiling parties were caught in the avalanche that occurred around 1:30 p.m. PST Friday (4:30 p.m. EST), the RCMP told the CBC.

Above-normal temperatures covered the region ahead of Friday's avalanche, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

"There have been above-normal temperatures in Prince George (a nearby weather observation point) since Jan. 13, with the average temperatures being about 11 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal," Rinde said.

It was 7 C (45 F) on Wednesday and Thursday in Prince George, Rinde said.

Eleven people have died from avalanche accidents in January in the United States, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said. Ten of those deaths have occurred since Jan. 16.