State avalanche management officers are warning individuals of maximum avalanche hazard and urging them to avoid backcountry slopes following a storm that dropped between 2 to three ft of snow.
“Backcountry avalanche situations are very harmful resulting from giant quantities of snowfall and westerly winds,” in line with a 7:03 a.m. tweet by the Colorado Avalanche Data Heart.
#CAICFrontRange #CAICSummit HIGH(4of5 )Avalanche Warning. Backcountry avalanche situations are very harmful resulting from giant quantities of snowfall and westerly winds. Keep away from journey in or under avalanche terrain. https://t.co/GUAEVAoIl5 https://t.co/46T3BD8V2A pic.twitter.com/qNuunI3Xqy
— CAIC:Statewide Data (@COAvalancheInfo) March 4, 2019
The CAIC issued a warning Monday in opposition to touring in or under avalanche terrain.
“Triggering avalanches in wind-drifted snow is probably going right this moment. New snow makes older weak layers straightforward to set off. Fastidiously consider terrain and snowpack earlier than you journey on or under slopes steeper than 30 levels,” the CAIC warns.
The warnings come a day after a mighty avalanche in Summit County swept throughout Interstate 70 amid peak after-ski visitors, forcing state freeway authorities to shut the freeway.
Heavy snow and wind will thicken storm slabs. Avalanches on Monday shall be bigger and will break wider than anticipated, the CAIC warns. Avalanches in deeper, weak layers close to treelines are nonetheless potential, it warns.
The Colorado Division of Transportation has closed a number of southwest Colorado mountain passes due to unhealthy climate and avalanche danger.
CDOT closes U.S. 160 via Wolf Creek Cross, U.S. 550 via Crimson Mountain Cross and Colorado 145 via Lizard Head Cross, in line with a 6:25 a.m. tweet on Monday.
#SWCODOT ALERT: A number of SW CO mountain passes CLOSED resulting from snow slides, continued av danger & antagonistic climate.
US 160 Wolf Creek Cross
US 550 Crimson Mountain Cross
CO 145 Lizard Head Cross
No autos concerned. No ETO. Crews conducting av management ops this morning.
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) March 4, 2019