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Colorado forecasters issue avalanche watch

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A strong storm will increase the avalanche danger in the Colorado mountains.

Avalanche cycle likely by Sunday, experts say

Staff Report

FRISCO — An incoming winter storm has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for most of the Colorado Mountains, with the exception of the southern San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos.

Heavy snow falling on a weak snowpack will quickly push the avalanche hazard into the red zone, with triggered avalanches all but certain on slide-prone terrain the next few days. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

Morning photo: The edge

Freezing up …

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Hazy morning light on an early December morning.

FRISCO —A quick gallery on the cusp of seasons as we head toward the solstice and the official start of winter in Summit County and the final freeze-up of Dillon Reservoir. The slow start to snowfall in December may not be the best for skiers and local resorts, but it’s been interesting to watch the slow weather transitions from a photography standpoint. This year, the first big snow came BEFORE the ice; now, the snow is starting to melt again (at least in the valleys), which kind of makes it feel like the seasons went into reverse a little bit! Continue reading

Morning photo: Ice!

Watching winter …

FRISCO — Sure, we all love snow, but I say ice is underrated. There’s such beauty in watching winter take hold across streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Later in the winter it will all be covered with snow, so now’s the time to venture out to the edge of the water and watch the weird and wonderful development of the mountain cryosphere. At times, you can hear the ice sing and ping as it stretches, cracks and grows. In other places, where shards of ice are blown by the wind, it can sound like thousands of little ringing bells. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado.

Morning photo: First storm

Crystalline magic

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Morning mist over Dillon, Colorado.

FRISCO — Winter landed all at once in Summit County, with a storm that delivered several feet of snow to the mountains and valleys. The seasonal transformation happens every year, but it’s still a miracle to see it unfold, with a soft and cold blanket of white settling over the land. to stay in place for half a year, through mid-April or so. Welcome back, winter! Continue reading

Morning photo: Post-storm glow

November …

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Sunlight paints Peak 1, in the Tenmile Range, as a winter storm clears out.

FRISCO — I feel like I’ve been holding my breath the past few weeks, waiting to see if it will actually snow. That late-fall period has been suspenseful for me since I was a little kid, starting to get seriously hooked on skiing, but the feeling has intensified the last few years, as global warming creates more and more uncertainty in global weather patterns. From the way I understand it — and I’ve been studying this a lot — there’s every reason to believe that we could experience a winter without much snow at any time. Just look at California the past few years. It’s easy to see how a shift of the regional weather pattern could bring a sustained and bitter drought to Colorado. That’s probably why I breathed such a deep sigh of relief this week as the skies finally relented and dropped more than a foot of snow even here at the valley level in Frisco.

Follow our Instagram feed for daily photo updates and visit our online gallery for a great selection of Colorado landscape and nature images, available as fine art prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: Welcome back, winter!

Snow, snow, snow!

FRISCO — OK, so we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. It’s only still autumn, not winter, but at 9,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, the in-between season often tilts toward the cold side of the scale. And even though November is one of the driest months of the year for total moisture, when a burly Arctic air mass bears down from the north, with moist air streaming in from the west at the same time, look out.

Follow our Instagram feed for daily photo updates and visit our online gallery for a great selection of Colorado landscape and nature images, available as fine art prints and greeting cards.

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