Vail Pass to close Monday morning for avalanche control work
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Sunday’s storm brought widespread snowfall to the Colorado mountains, with the deepest accumulations in the San Juans, where Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek both reported 14 inches of new snow Monday morning.
Vail Pass will close at 9:30 a.m. for avalanche control work, and other high mountain passes will likely remain snowpacked, icy and slushy for much of the day, with reduced visibility in areas of blowing snow. Get the latest info at www.cotrip.org.
More snowfall totals include 8 inches at Monarch, Crested Butte and Telluride, with genealyy 2 to 5 inches across the northern mountains.
As a result of the widespread snow in the southwestern mountains, the avalanche warning has been expanded to include the south San Juan zone, and extended through Tuesday. Dangerous avalanche conditions will prevail in the region, with triggered and natural slides likely in many areas, on all aspects and elevations, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. (more…)
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