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Avalanche danger rising in Colorado

AP PhotoThe full moon sets behind the Oh Be Joyful ridge in the West Elk Mountain range near Crested Butte, Colorado.

DENVER, Colorado ” The avalache danger in Colorado is growing after days of heavy snows and strong winds.

There have been two deaths and three accidents the past 10 days due to avalanches. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the greatest risk is in the mountains west from Frisco to Grand Junction and south from Steamboat Springs to Durango.

Shelly Grail of the U.S. Forest Service says the foundation of the current threat was built in October when early snows were followed by warm weather. That created layers of sugary, unstable snow and hard snow that break apart when they flex.

Since 1950, Colorado has led the nation in avalanche-related deaths with 221.

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