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Four Corners area prone to avalanches

Meg Hilling
January 02, 2019 05:38 PM

DURANGO, COLO.. – The Four Corners is now facing another challenge following this week's winter storm. Avalanches.


Data from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the southern portion of the San Juan Forest to have received between 12 and 36 inches of snow over the last two days, putting the region at considerable risk of avalanches.

On a scale ranging from low to extreme risk of avalanches, the considerable risk level places the region at mid-range.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, this is dangerous as avalanches can be triggered just by traveling on slopes near 35 degrees.

This risk level is not only for above the tree line, but below as well. 

According to the center, the recent snowfall is adding stress to widespread buried weak layers, which will need time to adjust to the new snow load. During this time, these avalanches can be triggered naturally, as well as by human activity. 

When traveling through the high country, the center encourages people to carefully consider your route, and plan with caution. Drivers are being advised to proceed with caution near slopes that received heavy snowfall in the last few days. 


Meg Hilling

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