According to a tweet sent out by the “Friends of CAIC” twitter page, a non-profit setup to support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, avalanche risk in Colorado has reached an “extreme level” in four of 10 backcountry zones. This is the first time this has happened since the adoption of the ten-zone forecast format.
Their advice for the backcountry is simply not to enter the backcountry at all. They even use the hashtag “#dontgo” to end their tweeted announcement of the risk, as seen below.
This is the first time that four backcountry zones have gone to EXTREME (5 of 5) Avalanche Danger since the ten-zone forecast format began. Travel in, near, or below avalanche terrain is not recommended. Keep it simple and just AVOID the backcountry. #Dontgo #COavysafety pic.twitter.com/wpietw3Q2J
— Friends of CAIC (@friendsofCAIC) March 7, 2019
Avalanche dangers are extremely high in Colorado at the moment, with avalanche-related concerns shutting down a resort, several highways, and prompting a travel warning. The official warning lasts until 8 AM tomorrow morning. In the meantime, it’s best to avoid at-risk areas if possible.
EXTREME Avalanche Danger (5 of 5) and an Avalanche Warning for Vail and Summit County, Sawatch, Gunnison and Aspen zones. Do not travel in the backcountry. Historic avalanches expected to valley floors. #CAICSummit #CAICSawatch #CAICAspen #CAICGunnison pic.twitter.com/xQuOXw6wTf
— CAIC:Statewide Info (@COAvalancheInfo) March 7, 2019
See current avalanche risks directly on the CAIC website.
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