Avalanche danger is high for a large area of central Colorado. Heavy snow and strong winds are increasing the risk.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says there are dangerous conditions from Gunnison, Aspen and Vail to Summit County and the Front Range until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Late winter snow and the start of spring can mean rapidly changing mountain terrain. The center says natural avalanches are possible, and human-caused snow slides are likely.  Backcountry users are being warned to avoid being on, or below steep slopes.