- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DENVER (AP) - The avalanche danger is high in Colorado’s mountains as more snow, blown by gusty winds, falls.

Road crews were busy triggering slides to make highways around the state safe on Wednesday, including along Loveland Pass. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was able to reopen in the afternoon after the pass was cleared to open. The resort says it’s gotten about 3 feet of snow in the last three days.

Ethan Greene with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the high moisture content in all the snow that has fallen recently is weighing down the snowpack, causing dangerous conditions.

The conditions are the worst in the Gunnison area, which has been given a rare “extreme” risk rating.


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