Avalanche sends plume of snow on I-70 in Colorado

Avalanche sends plume of snow on I-70 in Colorado

Avalanche sends plume of snow on I-70 in Colorado

While the avalanche looked bad on camera, it wasn't enough to close the highway.

Brandon Ciullo took a video of what he saw from his vehicle on Interstate 70 in Ten Mile Canyon, between Frisco and Copper Mountain, early Sunday morning.

"We were driving to Glenwood for a vehicle recovery and saw this huge avalanche on I70", Ciullo wrote.

Colorado Avalanche Information Centre put an avalanche warning in place in Vail and Summit Counties on Monday "due to large amounts of snowfall and strong westerly winds".

His windshield was covered with snow, but it wasn't enough to trap his vehicle. Several cars were stopped ahead of him when the avalanche struck. "It's exciting, but pretty nerve-wracking because you don't know when it's going to stop".

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An avalanche barreled through Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain along Interstate 70 on Sunday.

Jacob Easton recorded it on video.

Still, avalanche danger remains high and people are urged to use extreme caution if they decide to risk venturing into the backcountry following the weekend's heavy snowstorms. Sometimes, when there's a build-up of snow, the Colorado Department of Transportation will proactively shut down highways and conduct controlled avalanches in order to prevent potentially risky incidents like what happened on Sunday.

Video from another motorist shows the moment the second avalanche buried parts of the interstate. "A potent winter storm caused avalanche danger to rise yesterday and very unsafe conditions persist today".

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