Avalanche Watch
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
AVALANCHE WATCH
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
640 AM MST THU FEB 15 2018

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.

Avalanche watch is terminated. The Front Range and Vail and Summit
County areas are upgraded to an Avalanche Warning.

* TIMING...Issued at 6 AM MST Wednesday for dangerous avalanche
  conditions beginning Thursday morning.

* AFFECTED AREA...Affected areas include the Park Range, Flat Tops
  Mountains, Williams Fork Mountains, Ten Mile range, Gore Range,
  Vail, Elk and West Elk Mountains, and Ruby Range

* AVALANCHE DANGER...The avalanche danger could  increase to
  HIGH(Level 4)on Thursday if we meet or exceed the upper end of
  forecast snow totals

* REASON...A powerful winter storm is moving into Colorado Wednesday
  night.  Portions of the Central and Northern Mountains  could
  see new   snow   accumulations of a foot or more  by   Thursday
  afternoon.   Snow   will be accompanied by very strong   winds.
  Avalanche  danger   could   rise   to   HIGH   (Level   4).
  Natural   avalanches   will   become   likely and   large
  dangerous human   triggered avalanches   that   break   near the
  ground will   become   very likely.


* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Backcountry users should
  avoid traveling on or underneath any slope steeper than 30
  degrees during the watch period.Pay attention to changing
  conditions and a rapidly increasing danger over the next 24 hours.

Consult www.colorado.gov/avalanche for detailed information.

Lazar

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