By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says heavy wind-blown snow from the most recent winter storm has prompted very dangerous avalanche conditions in north-central Colorado.

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Kitchen Wall slide in November 2015 (credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

Kitchen Wall slide in November 2015 (credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

An avalanche warning has been issued through 12 p.m. Monday for locations around Vail, Summit County and the Front Range Mountains. The highest risk for a slide is near and above treeline.


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One to two feet of new and wind-blown snow are loading weak layers buried deeper in the snowpack. The CAIC says multiple avalanches have been triggered so far this weekend and observers reported natural avalanche activity Sunday morning.

Travel in the backcountry is not advised over the next 24 to 36 hours.

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Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.