The National Weather Service has issued an avalanche warning due to the extreme likelihood of major avalanches occurring in certain parts of the state. In their official warning, they state that dangers range from high to extreme, with the chance of “avalanches of historic size.” Their warning goes on to explain that these avalanches will be very destructive if they occur. Note that some extremely dangerous avalanches are already occurring around Colorado, with one that has severed a gas line, prompting the shut down of I-70.

Areas mentioned in their warning include the following: Park Range, Flat Top Mountains, Front Range, Ten Mile Range, Gore Range, Elk Mountains, West Elk Mountains, Ruby Range, Mosquito Range, Sawatch Range, Grand Mesa, San Juan Mountains.

Their warning also mentions the reasons of the increased risk being intense snowfall and high winds. Many places are reporting more than a foot in the last 24 hours, including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, which had to shut down due to avalanche risks

Travel in avalanche-prone terrain is to be avoided. It’s also mentioned that avalanches will likely run much further than expected given the sheer amount of snow that will be involved.

This warning is in effect until Friday morning at 8:00 AM MT.

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