CAIC: Heavy Snowfall Prompts Avalanche Warning In Colorado

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an Avalanche Warning throughout Colorado after heavy snowfall continues to impact the area. High winds and unstable snow conditions are leaving the mountains especially prone to avalanches.

Avalanche Warning:

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
AVALANCHE WARNING
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
625 AM MST THU FEB 15 2018

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.

AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN
MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO...INCLUDING THE FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS...AND
AREAS AROUND VAIL AND ALL OF SUMMIT COUNTY...ISSUED BY THE COLORADO
AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.

* TIMING...BEGAN AT 06:00 AM ON THURSDAY 2/15/2018...EXPIRES AT 8:00
  AM MST ON FRIDAY 2/16/2018.

* AFFECTED AREAS...THIS WARNING INCLUDES... THE FRONT RANGE...THE
  NEVER SUMMER MOUNTAINS...MEDICINE BOW MOUNTAINS...TEN MILE
  RANGE...GORE RANGE...AND AREAS AROUND VAIL.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...IS HIGH (LEVEL 4 OF 5) NEAR AND ABOVE TREELINE.

* REASON...SNOWFALL AND STRONG WESTERLY WINDS ON THURSDAY WILL
  OVERLOAD OUR WEAK SNOWPACK AND RESULT IN LARGE NATURAL AVALANCHES
  IN MANY AREAS.

* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...AVALANCHE CONDITIONS ARE VERY
  DANGEROUS. HUMAN TRIGGERED AND NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY
  BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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