COLORADO, USA — The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) has posted Avalanche Warnings for most of the Colorado mountains on Thursday.
A big snowstorm is hitting the Rockies and could deliver up to two feet of snow to some areas. Arapahoe Basin tweeted just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday that they had already gotten six inches of fresh snow.
>Video above: Ed Greene's Christmas weekend forecast
CAIC said the new snow fell onto a weak snowpack and that avalanches could be easily triggered. Traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain was not recommended, CAIC said.
Areas where the Avalanche Warnings were posted are:
- Grand Mesa
- Northern San Juan Mountains
- Southern San Juan Mountains
- Steamboat & Flat Tops
- Front Range
- Vail & Summit counties
- Sawatch Range
CAIC said large avalanches were expected to run naturally and long distances on Friday.
Three avalanches were reported on Thursday. One was in the Northern San Juan Zone around Ophir, another was reported in the Front Range Zone on Berthoud Pass near Current Creek, and the third report came in from the Gunnison Zone on steep slopes around Crested Butte.
SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Severe Weather
MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS
Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.
DOWNLOAD THE 9NEWS APP
HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE
ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.
For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9NEWS" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.