Snow is expected to develop for our Monday afternoon and overnight hours. Bands of heavier snow are possible..and something we will be monitoring throughout the day today. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for far northern El Paso County where ~4" are possible by Tuesday morning. Also ahead, a High Wind Watch for much of southeast Colorado from 4-11am Tuesday morning as wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph. For more info on the forecast this holiday week, head over to the "Weather" tab.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Aspen Skiing Company officials say an on-duty ski patrol member has died in an avalanche, becoming the first reported avalanche fatality so far this winter.
The 49-year-old Snowmass employee was reportedly killed when the avalanche carried her over a cliff Sunday.
The resort says she was skiing alone in an area known as the Ship's Prow Glades. Her name hasn't been released.
Experts say that the season's dry start could mean increased avalanche danger later. Brian Lazar with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center told The Summit Daily News (http://bit.ly/Z16TCH ) that a weak base layer has been topped with more snow than last season.
Last year's first death of seven came in January. An average of 25 people die in avalanches in the U.S. every year.
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