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Avalanche warning issued for Taos backcountry areas

KOB.com Web Staff
January 24, 2017 09:05 AM

The Taos Avalanche Center in Taos has issued a Level 4 (high) backcountry avalanche warning in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
                       
Affected areas are Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Columbine Hondo Wilderness above 9,000 feet.

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The high avalanche danger exists on all aspects near and above the treeline.
                       
Taos Avalanche Center officials say potential heavy snow combined with wind will likely create widespread areas of unstable snow. Natural avalanches are likely, and human triggered avalanches are very likely.

Officials advise for people to stay out of the area and off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.
           
Taos Avalanche Center officials say natural avalanches large enough to bury or kill a person are very likely. Travel in or below avalanche terrain is not recommended during the warning period.
           
Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of this or any avalanche center.

This warning does not apply to ski areas where avalanche hazard reduction measures are performed.

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