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Three separate snowstorms starting Thursday night and stretching into Monday have prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to warn backcountry users of increased avalanche risk less than a week after the country’s first reported avalanche death of the season.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains effective until 5 p.m. Friday with snow accumulations of up to 18 inches as well as 60 mph wind gusts. A winter storm watch will continue until 5 a.m. Sunday with additional accumulations of up to 12 inches of snow.
Models indicate the Steamboat area could see the most snow.
Mountain snow and strong winds will further stress slopes already laden with above-average snow, and CAIC warns that the avalanche danger will increase and natural avalanches are likely as the storms progress.
The agency is expecting the avalanche danger level could reach high, or 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being extreme. Check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s current avalanche forecast at avalanche.state.co.us to get information on current and forecast avalanche conditions. You can also call 303-499-9650.
CAIC has reported 247 avalanches this snow season.
Last week, 29-year-old Michelle Lindsay of Fort Collins became the country’s first person to die in an avalanche this snow season. She died Sunday on South Diamond Peak at Cameron Pass west of Fort Collins.
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Front Range forecast
Parts of the Front Range could see up to 4 inches of snow through the weekend.
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