Wind, new snow adds to avy danger
SUMMIT COUNTY – Avalanche forecasters are warning of increased slide danger after Monday’s heavy wind loaded snow in areas throughout the Summit County area.On Sunday, forecaster Brad Sawtell toured near Loveland Pass and witnessed a human-triggered slab on Loveland Ridge, where a slab released that was 1-foot deep, 120-feet wide and ran more than 300 feet, according to the most recent update by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.According to the forecast, which called for snow through Thursday and possibly into Friday, “The new snow by itself is not enough to tip the scales to failure. Put additional load on our weak snowpack, such as wind loaded snow and a human, and avalanches can occur.”The avalanche danger in the Summit area is moderate, with pockets of considerable on northern, eastern and southern aspects.For more information, visit http://avalanche.state.co.us.
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