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Multiple avalanches reported Saturday

Posted at 12:33 PM, Mar 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-09 15:35:27-05

COLORADO – Multiple avalanches were reported in the high county Saturday morning.

An avalanche was reported Saturday morning in Lake County, near Twin Lakes.

Around 7:45 Saturday morning, the Lake County Office of Emergency Management tweeted that an avalanche slide occurred near Twin Lake, along Highway 82 at mile marker 74. This is west of Twin Lakes and east of the closure gate for Independence Pass.

According to reporting partner, 9News in Denver, crews said no vehicles or people were caught in the slide, which left a path of four to five-foot deep snow 150 feet wide.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the road isn’t considered “high-volume,” and it would take crews hours to clear the snow and debris.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) said avalanche danger was considered high in the area.

No people or cars are believed to have been caught in the slide at this time.

Emergency crews are also working Saturday to reopen Castle Creek Road in Pitkin County after an avalanche shut down the road Saturday morning.

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the road was shut down at South Hayden Road early Saturday morning in both directions.

According to 9News, one lane of Castle Creek Road was opened but only for fire, law enforcement, and emergency services. The Sheriff’s Office said the road will remain closed until the avalanche threat is mitigated or reduced.

A third avalanche was reported Saturday, this one in Hinsdale County.

The slide in Hinsdale County happened sometime Friday night along Colorado Highway 149 near Lake City. No injuries or property damage were reported. CDOT said this slide was 20 feet deep.

Saturday morning, CAIC issued an avalanche warning for the Front Range, Vail and Summit Counties, the Sawatch, Aspen, Gunnison, Grand Mesa, and North San Juan zones. CAIC said the heavy Friday snowfall and strong Saturday winds were the reason for such dangerous avalanche conditions

You can find more information on current avalanche danger and avalanche safety at the CAIC website.


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