A motorist on a highway in Colorado had a close call with a wall of snow and debris after an avalanche roared down a canyon Sunday near a major interstate, sending a plume of white powder across the roadway.
Jacob Easton was traveling through Ten Mile Canyon on Interstate 70 near Breckenridge when he captured the avalanche roaring down the mountain.
"All of a sudden, me and my dad just saw a big white cloud to the left of us and we instantly noticed the avalanche," he told FOX31.
In the video, Easton can be seen pulling the car over and waiting as the snow crashed down the mountain in front of him next to the interstate. His windshield was covered with snow, with visibility temporarily reduced to zero until the barrage of whiteness settled.
"It’s exciting, but pretty nerve-wracking because you don’t know when it’s going to stop," Easton told FOX31.
Another video posted to Twitter by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center showed the avalanche from a different angle.
"Avalanche debris collected in Tenmile Creek which is underneath the avalanche path and away from the highway," the agency said.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said not enough snow made it onto I-70 to impact drivers.
"It was not a controlled slide," a CDOT spokesperson told FOX31. "It was a natural avalanche."
The avalanche was one of several reported in Colorado over the weekend following heavy snow. In Vail and Summit Counties, where Frisco is located, the CAIC said an avalanche warning was in effect through Monday morning "due to large amounts of snowfall and strong westerly winds."
"Large avalanches can release naturally and run long distances," the agency said. "Dangerous human-triggered avalanches are very likely."
A second slide in Frisco on Sunday ended up closing the roadway for three hours, FOX31 reported.
Video from another motorist shows the moment the second avalanche buried parts of the interstate.
The Colorado State Patrol told FOX31 that no one was injured in that incident, and no cars ended up trapped.