Avalanche warning for Vail and other areas
VAIL — At 6:14 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche watch. The alert warns of dangerous avalanche conditions beginning the morning of Thursday, Feb. 15.
Affected areas include the Park Range, Flat Tops Mountains, Williams Fork Mountains, Ten Mile range, Gore Range, Vail, Elk and West Elk Mountains and Ruby Range.
The avalanche danger could increase on Thursday if the above areas meet or exceed the upper end of forecast snow totals.
Due to the powerful winter storm moving into Colorado Wednesday night, portions of the Central and Northern Mountains could see new snow accumulations of a foot or more by Thursday evening. Because snow will be accompanied by very strong winds avalanche danger could rise to HIGH (Level 4).
BACKCOUNTRY USERS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS AND PREPARED
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center states that natural avalanches will become likely and large dangerous human triggered avalanches that break near the ground will become very likely.
The alert urges backcountry users to avoid traveling on or underneath any slope steeper than 30 degrees during the watch period.
Check this story for updates, or get the latest information about the avalanche warning for Vail from http://www.colorado.gov/avalanche.
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