Heavy snow triggers avalanches across the state

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Heavy snow elevated avalanche danger across the state this past weekend.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the Thanksgiving storm caused multiple avalanches over the holiday weekend. Most reports came from the San Juans, but snow came tumbling down in the Marble and Vail Pass areas too.

"They're typically triggered by weather events like heavy snowfall, strong winds or by people like skiers, snowmobilers or snowshoers that are walking through the snow when we have sort of an elevated avalanche danger," said Ethan Greene, Colorado Avalanche Information Center's Executive Director.

Right now, the avalanche danger is at "moderate". Experts say, the calm weather the last few days has allowed for lower risks of avalanches. However, if you're taking any trips through the mountains, make sure to check the avalanche danger before hitting the road.



 
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