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Colorado: Avalanche warning expanded to S. San Juans

The avalanche danger is rated as considerable to high across all of Colorado's backcountry mountains.

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. Continue reading

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