Avalanche Watch In The High Country
Heavy snow in the Colorado mountains triggers avalanche watch.
This weekend's snow is causing hazardous driving conditions and now forecasters have issued an avalanche watch because of a second storm moving into the region. The overnight snowfall blanketed the mountains with 8 to 16 inches of new snow. That along with the sunny periods today will change the snow quickly and will result in increased avalanche activity.
If you're headed up top for some weekend skiing, remember if possible to stick to the low-angle slopes and if you observe shooting cracks in the new snow, or if you see any other obvious signs of instability, get out of the area. These "wet" avalanches can run fast and far. They will be nearly impossible to outrun and large enough to bury you.
The second round of snow is predicted for Saturday evening. Heavy snow and rain are forecasted to eleven-thousand feet. A natural avalanche cycle will result after today. Be aware of the changing conditions and if possible, exit the backcountry early as this next heavy snow event approaches.