Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Avalanche danger high in Colorado mountains after heavy snow

Avalanche danger high in Colorado mountains after heavy snow

The accompanying footage, captured by Shaune Golemon and shared with Denver 7 News, shows the snow slide seemingly burying a white truck with a family inside. One motorist films a menacing cloud on the road ahead as he slowly drives toward it before coming to a stop.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche warning until Monday morning, noting conditions are "very risky due to large amounts of snowfall and strong westerly winds".

A wall of snow and debris crashes into a creek, creating a powder cloud near a major highway outside of Denver.

An avalanche swept across a portion of Interstate 70 in Colorado on Sunday, briefly engulfing at least one vehicle and shoving several others across the highway.

In one video posted to Twitter by Jeremy Hubbard, an anchor with local Fox affiliate KDVR, a driver puts his or her auto in reverse and starts backing up as the snow rushes towards their vehicle. No one was killed or injured, and no vehicles were buried.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said not enough snow made it onto I-70 to impact drivers. The second happened Sunday afternoon a few miles away near Copper Mountain. When the slide danger is high, roads are often closed so crews can trigger avalanches at places prone to slides. Crews cleaned "about 3-4 feet [of snow] that ran over the highway", she said. "It was a natural avalanche".

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