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For those traveling northward out of Chaffee and Lake counties, an 8:34 a.m. EC Alert announced that  I-70 at Vail Pass will close eastbound and westbound at 10 a.m. Thursday for avalanche mitigation.

The snow has been piling up in Eagle and Summit counties and it is expected that snowy conditions are will continue throughout the day. This is the southernmost edge of the massive winter system bringing blizzard conditions to the plains states and the upper Midwest.

The Vail-Summit County area is currently under a Level-3 avalanche warning. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center( CAIA), this means that dangerous avalanche conditions exist at, below, and above the treeline. The CAIA advises that anyone driving anywhere at high altitudes in the central and northern Colorado Rockies check their avalanche warnings prior to travel.

On December 10, a human-triggered slide occurred on Uneva Peak, near the Vail Pass area, according to the CAIC’s field reports.