Colorado mountains getting more snow Xmas Eve; avalanche danger remains high

Heavy snow on Christmas Eve will make travel difficult in Colorado’s high country, with forecasters warning of dangerous driving conditions and serious avalanche possibilities.

If you’re already in the mountains, though, a wave of fresh powder will make for prime ski conditions. The Vail area — along with Steamboat Springs — could get up to a foot of new snow, Aspen could receive up to 9 inches and the Summit County mountains could see up to 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The snow will abate some in the late afternoon and early evening, though some snow impacts could last into Saturday morning, NWS forecasters said.

With the fresh dumping also comes increased avalanche warnings for much of the state. Mountain ranges from the San Juans to Summit County to the Sawatch Range and Steamboat and Flat Tops all have avalanche dangers rated as “high” — 4 out of 5 on the scale — according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

If you’re sticking around Denver, however, highs are expected to reach 52 degrees, with a chance of rain showers.

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