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Avalanche danger high in parts of Colorado’s mountains

The Associated Press

DENVER — The avalanche danger is high in parts of Colorado’s mountains after up to 2 feet of snow fell in the last 48 hours.

The recent dumping of snow has resulted in a thick slab of new snow resting on top of a weak snowpack created by a long period without snow and unseasonably warm weather.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says naturally occurring slides will be less likely Wednesday but it will be easy for people to trigger avalanches in the mountain backcountry in the Vail and Summit County areas, the Front Range mountains and in the Aspen and Steamboat Spring regions.

Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel was briefly shut down Tuesday so road crews could trigger avalanches and avoid accidental slides that could hit the highway.

The risk of avalanches is low in southwestern Colorado, which has been bypassed by the recent storms. The snowpack there is only 25 percent of average, compared with 62 percent of average in the state overall.