Avalanche warning in effect with more snow on the way

By Real Aspen
Real AspenDecember 22, 2010

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning of considerable avalanche risk in the West Elk Mountains, including McClure Pass and areas around Aspen and Pitkin County.

Aspen's avalanche danger is high.

A warning was issued today after a few feet of wet snow fell on the area this week. Between one and two feet of snow fell in the last 24 hours with high accumulations near McClure.

"Avalanche mitigation is producing large slides. Due to limited visibility, observations from the backcountry are limited, but natural and human-triggered slides remain likely across the warning area. Backcountry travelers need to exercise extreme caution and stay away from steep avalanche terrain. Backcountry travelers need to exercise extreme caution and stay away from steep avalanche terrain," the Colorado Avalanche Center reported today.

On a scale of one to five, the danger in Aspen was rated as a four. Avalanche mitigation is producing "large and destructive avalanches" in the backcountry, the center reported.

Another storm is expected in the area tonight with snow to continue into late Thursday.

Avalanche warnings are also in effect for Crested Butte, Gunnison, the southern San Juan Mountains, the Grand Mesa, Steamboat Springs and the Flat Tops.

The National Weather Service reported that six feet of snow fell in Gothic, outside of Crested Butte.

Forecasts are for the precipitation to completely dry out by Christmas Day.


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