Nearly two feet of snow is expected in the Colorado mountains by this afternoon, with more predicted for overnight. This is the third heavy snow storm in the past week for some areas. The last of the ski resort openings will take place this week, with Aspen Mountain, Durango, Ski Cooper, Snowmass and Telluride opening on Thanksgiving.
Many areas of the high country already have more than a foot of base snow, with 32 inches at Rabbit Ears Pass, 22 inches on Fremont Pass and 16 inches at Hoosier Pass, according to Natural Resource Conservation Service snow monitors. But all this snow raises concerns of avalanche dangers.
An avalanche watch is in effect through today for the San Juan and Elk mountains, Ruby and Park ranges, and Grand Mesa, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports that there are pockets of CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) avalanche danger near and above tree line on steep slopes with recent windloading that face north, northeast, east, southeast, and south. The danger is MODERATE (Level 2) on all other slopes near and above treeline. For more information and updated alerts, visit the CAIC website.