March 1, 2023

Avalanche danger in southwest Colorado

Three people died from avalanche-related deaths this past weekend in southwest Colo. With a winter storm warning in effect until Thursday morning, avalanche forecasters are asking backcountry enthusiasts to be cautious. Tribal Radio’s Sarah Flower has that story.

By Sarah Flower

Key Points
  • January, February, and March are the highest months for avalanche fatalities in the state.
  • The death toll for 2022-2023 is seven, including the three fatalities last weekend in the area.
  • A winter storm warning is in effect in the area until Thursday morning.
  • Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), advises backcountry enthusiasts to be aware of avalanche dangers when they go.
  • Avalanche danger is expected to increase rapidly throughout the day for the San Juan Mountains from La Plata mountains and to the east to the Wolf Creek Pass, according to CAIC.

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