Avalanche-danger rating rises | VailDaily.com

Avalanche-danger rating rises

Bob BerwynVail CO, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – The wicked low temperatures that have prevailed in the area the past few days should begin to moderate this weekend and into next week, but hazardous avalanche conditions could persist for at least the next few days, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.Forecasters raised the avalanche hazard rating to “considerable” on northwest to east-facing slopes after recent storms dropped several inches of light snow in many mountain areas, and field observers from the Beaver Creek area reported easy shears between the old and new snow layers, according to the CAIC hotline.With strong winds predicted, the avy pros are expecting tender slabs to form above treeline in the mountains around Summit County and Vail. Both triggered and natural slides can be expected on wind-loaded slopes in the next few days. The CAIC expects that the hazard rating could even climb another notch with more snow and wind in the immediate forecast. Another four to nine inches of snow could fall by Saturday night.Storm totals around the state varied widely, with 19 inches at Wolf Creek, 13 inches at Telluride and 11 inches at Silverton Mountain. Local resorts have recorded anywhere from four to 10 inches of snow the last few days, with the official 48-hour totals from Colorado Ski Country including 10 inches at Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain; six inches at Beaver Creek, seven inches at Breckenridge, three inches at Copper and two inches at A-Basin.

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