The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an Avalanche Warning for Colorado. The Steamboat, Grand Mesa, Aspen, and Gunnison zones are currently experiencing high avalanche danger. Recent snowfall and drifting snow on top of a weak snowpack is the reasoning behind the warning.
- 6:00am 01/07/19 – 8:00am 01/08/19
- Grand Mesa
- High (4 of 5)
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED AVALANCHE WARNING COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO 651 AM MST MON JAN 07 2019 THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER. Avalanche Warning for the Steamboat, Grand Mesa, Aspen, and Gunnison zones. * TIMING...Warning is in effect from 6 AM January 7, 2018 to 8 AM January 8, 2019. * AFFECTED AREAS...The Park Range, Elk Head Mountains, Flat Top Mountains, Elk Mountains, West Elk Mountains, Ruby Range, and Grand Mesa. * AVALANCHE DANGER...The avalanche danger is HIGH (Level 4 of 5). Backcountry avalanche conditions are very dangerous. Natural and triggered avalanches are likely. * REASON...Significant snowfall and drifting snow is overloading a weak snowpack. Large and dangerous avalanches are likely. Avalanches may break in or at the bottom of the new snow, or in old snow layers. * PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Backcountry travel on or beneath avalanche terrain is not recommended. Natural avalanches are likely to release and run long distances.