Avalanche Warning

By: AP
By: AP

Colorado's mountainous Summit County is under an avalanche alert this weekend as conditions there are proving dangerous.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is issuing an avalanche warning for the entire area, rating the danger "High" for all areas near or above the treeline.

Forecasters say they are expecting a natural avalanche cycle, but the situation could be made worse as back country travelers trigger slides.

Forecaster Brad Sawtell says avalanche teams expect the worst and are sleeping with their cell phones so they can be on the job at a moment's notice.

Loveland Pass is an area of special concern.

There was a deadly slide there back in 1987.

Summit County search and rescue leader Dan Burnett says if the snow cycle keeps up, someone is going to die in an avalanche soon.

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