Storm to linger through Friday, followed by some of the coldest temps of the winter
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — La Niña pulled out all the stops for the day of March, bringing a moist northwest flow that dropped copious snow across Colorado. The central mountains and the northern San Juans did especially well with the latest storm, as Crested Butte picked up 19 inches for a 24-hour snow total, with 11 inches at Monarch, 10 inches at Aspen and 24 inches at Silverton Mountain.
Avalanche danger holding steady; isolated large slides still possible
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After a quick spike in the backcountry avalanche danger late in the weekend, the new snow in most areas has settled and bonded reasonably well to the old surface, thanks in part to a warm start to the storm and relatively calm winds.
Overall, the avalanche danger is rated as moderate for all aspects near and above treeline. Natural avalanches are unlikely, while triggered avalanches are possible. Large avalanches are possible in isolated areas. Below treeline, the danger is rated as low with a slight chance of triggered slides in isolated spots. Continue reading “Colorado: A little powder in the backcountry”→
High weekend winds built potentially fragile slabs at higher elevations; highway safety crews trigger 8 slides on Loveland Pass
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The weekend storm has moved off to the east, but a lingering northwest flow will fuel at least a few on-and-off showers through Tuesday before high pressure brings at least a few days of dryer weather and a gradual warming trend in the second half of the week.
Temperatures will run a few degrees below average the next few days, with highs in the low to mid-30s through mid-week, possibly warming back to near 40 degrees by Friday, and overnight lows in the teens.
The heaviest snowfall during the weekend was in the Steamboat zone and especially around Rabbit Ears Pass, where up to 16 inches of snow fell. Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, and parts of the West Elks, also picked up decent snowfall totals, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Despite the sunny weather, triggered and natural slides likely on wind-loaded slopes; several significant avalanches reported the past few days
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A couple of days of sunny and warmer weather has lured skiers and riders into the backcountry, but forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are warning to watch out for “fat cornices and plump-looking slopes,” where there is a good chance for large and dangerous slides.
The latest CAIC bulletin reports that there was a full burial near Beaver Creek Saturday and describes several other large avalanches from around the region, including in popular backcountry side-country areas like Loveland Pass. Another large avalanche, fracturing up to eight feet deep, ran in the Tenmile Range Friday. Get more details at the CAIC’s website. Continue reading “Possible avalanche burial near Beaver Creek”→