Backcountry travel not recommended in north San Juans, winds could hamper traffic along the Continental Divide Tuesday and Wednesday
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado snow totals were all over the map with the most recent storm, ranging from 1 to 2 inches along the Continental Divide to a 27-inch blast at Steamboat, 19 inches at Powderhorn and 14 inches at Wolf Creek. The full report from Colorado Ski Country USA is online here.
Winds shifting to a northwesterly direction could bring periods of snow to the northern and central mountains, with 4 to 8 inches possible by late in the week, along with a high wind watch starting Tuesday morning covering the mountains and foothills east and west of the Continental Divide in the northern part of the state.
As forecast by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the storm delivered to those areas favored by a southwest flow, with good flows into the Aspen zone. As a result of the heavy snows to the north and south, the CAIC has issued an avalanche warning for the north San Juan zone, where travel in slide-prone backcountry terrain is not recommended. The warming is in effect through Tuesday (Feb. 21), 10 a.m. (more…)
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