National Weather Service: Avalanche warning through Wednesday morning

Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)
Relayed by the National Weather service Denver/Boulder, CO
6:12 a.m. MST., Tues., Dec. 29. 2020

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Avalanche warning is in effect for the CAIC – Aspen … Grand Mesa … Gunnison … Sawatch … North San Juan … South San Juan … and Sangre De Cristo forecast zones.

* TIMING … Beginning 5 a.m. Tuesday, December 29. Expires at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, December 30.

* AFFECTED AREA … Elk Mountains … Hardscrabble Mountains … Grand Mesa … Red Table … Ruby Range … West Elk Mountains … Mosquito Range … Sawatch Range … Rico Mountains … San Miguel Mountains … San Juan Mountains … Dallas Divide … La Garita Mountains … La Plata Mountains … Needle Mountains … Grenadier Range … Sangre de Cristo Range.

* AVALANCHE DANGER … The avalanche danger is HIGH (Level 4 of 5). It
will be very easy to trigger avalanches large enough to bury and
kill a person through Wednesday morning. Avalanches will run
naturally. You can trigger avalanches from the bottom of slopes or
from a distance. If you trigger an avalanche it will be large and
very dangerous.

* REASON … A large load of new snow overnight fell on a weak
snowpack creating very dangerous avalanche conditions.

* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS … Travel in avalanche terrain
is not recommended.

Consult www.colorado.gov/avalanche for detailed information.

National Weather Service: Avalanche warning through Wednesday morning