CIAC: Heavy Snowfall Prompts Avalanche Warning For Aspen, Colorado

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RED= High Avalanche Danger. Orange= Considerable Avalanche Danger. Image: Avalanche US

Recent storms have dropped substantial amounts of snow on the mountains in Colorado. Along with that, high winds are impacting the area, which is expected to overload the current weak snowpack in the area. Human and naturally triggered avalanches are likely.

Current avalanche conditions in Aspen, CO. Image: Avalanche US

Avalanche Warning:

COZ010-201815-

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
AVALANCHE WARNING
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
908 AM MST MON FEB 19 2018

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

AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE MOUNTAINS AROUND ASPEN

* TIMING...BEGAN AT 06:00 AM ON MONDAY 2/19/2018...EXPIRES AT 5:00
  PM MST ON TUESDAY 2/20/2018.

* AFFECTED AREAS...THIS WARNING INCLUDES... THE ELK MOUNTAINS NORTH
  OF THE DIVIDE...BASALT...RED TABLE...AND THE HARDSCRABBLE MOUNTAINS

* AVALANCHE DANGER...IS HIGH (LEVEL 4 OF 5)

* REASON...SNOWFALL AND STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL OVERLOAD OUR
  WEAK SNOWPACK AND RESULT IN LARGE NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED
  AVALANCHES IN MANY AREAS. AVALANCHES CAN RUN INTO THE VALLEY
  BOTTOMS.

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

 CONSULT WWW.COLORADO.GOV/AVALANCHE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

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