A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late Friday morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later Friday afternoon. Locations that are higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to them seeing cooler temperatures. So, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less amounts and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
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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