We have seen a marked decrease in large avalanche activity over the past few days. Lingering wind slabs on higher elevation slopes are the main hazard in the Front Range and Vail and Summit County zones. Loose Wet avalanches are the main concern in the Steamboat and Flat Tops zone. Higher elevation slopes are still dry, cold, and wintery, but temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than on Tuesday, so expect wet snow at higher elevations as the strong spring sun warms the surface. As the day progresses and temperatures rise expect rollerballs and small wet avalanches in steep, thin, rocky terrain. Most of these avalanches will be relatively harmless, but if you find a spot with deeper cold snow, wet avalanches may grow large enough to knock you off your feet and send you for a dangerous ride. A cold front will move through Colorado on Thursday. Favored areas in the Flat Tops, Elkhead Mountains, Park Range, Northern 10 Mile Range, and Northern Front Range zone may pick up 6 to 8 inches of new snow throughout the day. Southwesterly winds will be strong enough to move the new snow to lee-facing aspects building thicker slabs. Watch for changing conditions on Thursday as the storm passes.
If you are recreating, please do so responsibly. This includes following social distancing requirements, not taking actions that risk pulling emergency service workers away from the important work they’re doing, or compromising their ability to continue that work. Learn more about the CAIC’s work during the pandemic here.
Governor Polis issued a Statewide Stay-at-Home order on March 25, 2020 - Learn more here
Many of Colorado's counties have issued public health orders that affect travel and recreation. You can start your search for local information here. Here is some information for this zone: Routt County, Rio Blanco County, Moffat County, and Eagle County