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Avalanche warning extended to Tuesday across Front Range, mountains

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. -- An avalanche warning was extended for most of the Colorado mountains and the Front Range until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The danger increased greatly over the weekend after the mountains got 1-2 feet of snow in a very short amount of time. Experts say the danger is everywhere.

The added weight makes the mountain snows unstable and easier for people to cause avalanches.

"It's specifically dangerous on all steep slopes really," Colorado Avalanche Center spokesman Mike Cooperstein said. "Anything that's steeper than about 30 degrees is very dangerous."

He also said slopes below steep inclines are dangerous as well, and it's best for people to not go near the areas.

"Any place there's deeper snow right now. In the Front Range, (it's) from Cameron Pass the whole way down to Loveland (Pass)," Cooperstein said.

He recommends anyone planning to visit the back country to check the avalanche forecast beforehand.

Also, it's a good to always have an avalanche receiver, a shovel and a probe pole when traveling near snowy peaks.