Snowstorm leads to dangerous avalanche conditions across Colorado high country |

Snowstorm leads to dangerous avalanche conditions across Colorado high country

Several roads closed due to high avalanche risk

Snow debris from the March 3 avalanche slide on Interstate 70.
Provided by Summit County Sheriff’s Office

State avalanche control officials are warning people of extreme avalanche danger and urging them to stay away from backcountry slopes following a storm that dropped between 2 to 3 feet of snow.

“Backcountry avalanche conditions are very dangerous due to large amounts of snowfall and westerly winds,” according to a 7:03 a.m. tweet by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The CAIC issued a warning Monday against traveling in or below avalanche terrain.

“Triggering avalanches in wind-drifted snow is likely today. New snow makes older weak layers easy to trigger. Carefully evaluate terrain and snowpack before you travel on or below slopes steeper than 30 degrees,” the CAIC warns.

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