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February 13, 2012
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Avalanche warning for southern Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for southern Colorado after some mountain passes got up to 18 inches of snow.

The warning issued Monday includes the northern and southern San Juan mountains. New snow amounts in the last 24 hours include 14 inches at Red Mountain Pass, and 16 to 18 inches at Molas and Coal Bank passes.

The snow that swept into Colorado Sunday and dumped in the southern mountains also gave a boost to ski resorts there. Silverton Mountain in the San Juan mountains reported 19 inches of new snow Monday morning, while Wolf Creek picked up 14 inches and Purgatory (Durango) reported 13 inches. Eight inches fell at Telluride.

Crested Butte also reported 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours on Monday morning. Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs had 4 inches. Most other resorts around the state reported 3 to 5 inches of new snow. Vail and Powderhorn both reported 5 inches.

Light snow remains in the Aspen-area forecast Monday, and another storm system will move into the state from the south on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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The VailDaily Updated Feb 13, 2012 12:38PM Published Feb 13, 2012 12:36PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.