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Avalanche warning issued for the Colorado mountains as heavy snow continues

Posted at 9:39 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 11:41:40-05

VAIL, Colo. – An avalanche warning was issued for the Aspen, Vail and Summit County areas on Friday morning, as heavy snow continued to come down across the Colorado mountains.

The avalanche warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center warned of possible large, human-triggered avalanches above the treeline that could be deadly. The winter storm, fueled by a surge of moisture from the Pacific Ocean, dumped 10-12 inches across the mountains overnight, and more than two feet of snow was expected through the weekend.

Below is the avalanche warning map from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, with the highest-risk areas highlighted in red. Surrounding areas of the mountains were under an avalanche watch and areas to the south were at a moderate risk for avalanches.

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