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Highways shut down in Colorado during extreme avalanche conditions

Staff Writer |
Colorado is facing potentially historic avalanches, threatening to shut down major highways that pass through the Rocky Mountains and forcing some popular ski resorts to close their slopes.

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An avalanche was reported on Highway 91 near Copper Mountain, Colorado, on Thursday afternoon with reports of multiple vehicles buried in snow. No injuries were reported.

This is the latest in a string of avalanches across Colorado.

On Thursday, the avalanche danger in Colorado was elevated to extreme, the highest on the scale established by the National Avalanche Center.

“This is the first time that four backcountry zones have gone to Extreme Avalanche Danger since the ten-zone forecast format began,” the Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) said on Thursday morning.

"Historic avalanches have run around the region [Thursday] morning, and they will continue to do so," they added.

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