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Unseasonably mild air across the west over the weekend has caused melting of the significant snow pack across the low elevations of the west. The Bridger-Teton Forest warned of the soggy conditions and difficult travel with this statement yesterday:
|"We have trail groomers stuck on trails, snowmobiles stuck on snow all across the Forest," said Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter. "It is critical that people use good judgement and are cautious when making decisions about how to access the Forest after the rain and the above freezing temperatures.
With ongoing winter storm warnings, avalanche warnings, and the warm temperature changes, visitors to the Bridger-Teton need to understand the capabilities of their vehicles and that road conditions change as the weather changes. "Just because a roadway was frozen solid when you traversed it in the morning doesn't mean you will be able to get out by that route by midday," said Deiter. "Many of the roads, like Fall Creek, Cache Creek and Granite Creek are dirt roads and the larger your vehicle, or the larger your tires, can mean you will do more damage to the soggy roadway or that you will throw more mud and get stuck in ruts," he said."
Now, another snow storm has moved in, freezing the newly melted snow into a sheet of ice. This new storm is also bringing some stiff breezes and heavy snow on top of the icy layer, causing very hazardous travel across the west today.
The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center is keeping a close eye on the storm as the snow pack remains unstable. There was an avalanche that occurred late Tuesday night resulting in a fatality. Please use caution if venturing out into the back country this weekend, or delay your trip until conditions become more stable.
In addition to the road closure through Grand Teton National Park (you can find their spot forecast below), other roads and passes across western and central Wyoming could have restricted travel or could close during this event. For the most up-to-date Wyoming road conditions information, please visit WYDOT's Travel Information Map. Anyone who feels they must travel should make sure to have these items in their car (click here).
|GTNP Spot Forecast
A series of snow storms will continue to move across the intermountain west this week, this means more snow for the western mountains and windy periods along with each font. To monitor the latest satellite and radar imagery, forecasts, and other information, check out our Teton County Briefing Page.
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