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Avalanche advisory issued for Aspen zone; another winter storm warning issued

Staff report

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a special avalanche advisory Wednesday morning lasting through noon today. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist in the Aspen zone after heavy snowfall and gusty winds have created cohesive slabs at all elevations, according to the advisory.

"Several large avalanches have been reported since Tuesday. Human-triggered avalanches are likely on steep slopes; natural and remotely triggered avalanches are possible, as well. Safe backcountry travel in the next few days will require cautious terrain choices. Stay off slopes steeper than about 30 degrees and avoid travel below large avalanche paths."

The Aspen zone rating is listed as considerable, the third highest rating on a five-tier scale. On the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website, there were seven avalanches reported in the Aspen zone Wednesday.

Four were near Marble, one in East Snowmass Creek and two in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. No injuries were reported, and the reports do not indicate whether the slides were natural or human-triggered.

The National Weather Service issued another winter storm watch effective 6 p.m. today through Saturday morning. Another 8 to 14 inches of snow is expected in the area with that storm.

A winter storm warning also is in effect through 8 p.m. today with another 1 to 2 inches of snow expected.