NewsCovering Colorado

Actions

Avalanche warning for Colorado's backcountry

High danger
Posted at 6:56 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 20:57:59-05

COLORADO — Forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center warn the avalanche danger will be high in a lot of state’s backcountry through the weekend. The avalanche danger map shows many red designations. The addition of more red regions is expected as more snow continues through the weekend. Red designates a “high” avalanche danger.

Even people with a lot of backcountry experience are warned to avoid the designated red areas Snow from earlier in the season has settled with crystals. It means unstable layers. The new snow on top, has high potential to break loose and slide. "So, we're overloading. We're putting a lot of weight on those weak layers on the ground and we'll start to see avalanches on those layers,” said Mike Cooperstein with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.