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Avalanche warning issued for Aspen area

ASPEN ” An avalanche warning was issued Monday for the mountains surrounding Aspen and will continue until at least 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Up to a foot of snow fell in the backcountry around Aspen Sunday night and high winds continued into Monday.

“A rapid load has been added to the snowpack with lots of snow transport, drifting, and slab formation. Can you say avalanches?” wrote John Snook, a forecaster with CAIC.

An avalanche warning was issued for the Sawatch, Gunnison and San Juans zones as well as the Aspen zone. Natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely, the avalanche center said.

“Backcountry travel will require very good avalanche skills to stay safe and very careful route selection to avoid all avalanche terrain. You need to stay on low angle terrain and avoid avalanche runout areas,” Snook wrote.

Recent weather has created several weak layers in the upper third of the snowpack, his report said. The snowpack is unlikely to stabilize soon because of snow and wind in the forecast. “It looks like a busy week,” Snook concluded.

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