Colorado: Freshies, and backcountry avy warning

Backcountry travel not recommended in avy terrain

Buffalo Mountain looks good with a fresh coat of white.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Ski resorts rejoiced in an overnight storm that dumped 11 inches at Vail, 9 inches at Copper Mountain and similar amounts at most resorts in the northern and central part of the state. Get the full snow report from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Some roads remained icy and snowpacked Friday morning, but Loveland Pass was the only reported closure, and Highway 6 should re-open once crews have controlled the avalanche hazard.

In the backcountry, an avalanche warning is in effect through 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 28, as forecasters warn of dangerous conditions, with both natural and triggered snow slides likely on many slopes.

The storm added anywhere from .5 to .75 inches of snow-water equivalent in a 12-hour period. Combined with strong winds and a weak base layer, all the ingredients are in place for another round of dangerous avalanches. Only the South San Juans and the Grand Mesa zones are excluded from the warning, but even in those areas, the hazard is rated as considerable.

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