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WYDOT Tells of Inordinate Avalanche Cycle

January 26, 2012 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
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The Wyoming Department of Transportation has issued a summary statement of their activities following last week’s snowstorm.  According to their statement, road crews on Teton Pass had to contend with sixteen major avalanche events and over twenty bank slides of various sizes which in some cases … Continue Reading

Unemployment Still High In Teton County

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Unemployment in Teton County in December emerged as the highest in the state, despite the beginning of the winter tourist season here.  According to the state’s Department of Workforce Services, the jobless rate here totaled 8.4% which was down 3.7% from November and … Continue Reading

Impacts Expected From Solar Flares

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Broadcasting and electricity could get a little “jiggy” today and tomorrow after a strong solar flare erupted Sunday evening and continues to affect the earth.  According to the National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center, the impacts of the solar storm are likely to be minimal, but could pose an impact to power grids, where voltage corrections may be required and false alarms triggered on some protective devices.  Satellite radio signals could also be briefly interrupted.  The weather service also says high-latitude sky watchers could be treated to some displays of the aurora borealis.

Roads Reopened

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Yellowstone National Park crews were able to open Sylvan Pass and the East Entrance over the weekend after conducting extensive avalanche mitigation above the road.  The pass had been closed for several days due to … Continue Reading

Colorado Man Found After Brief Search

January 23, 2012 Jackson Hole, Teton County, Teton Valley Comments Off
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Teton County Search and Rescue was involved in an abbreviated mission Friday morning after two backcountry hikers called the Teton County Sheriff’s Office to report that one of their party was missing. The two had set out on Thursday with a third hiker en route to the Plummer Canyon area on the west side of Teton Pass where they were planning to spend the night in a yurt.  However, one of the party, … Continue Reading

Teton Pass Reopens

Teton Pass Opens

Forty hours after it closed on Thursday, Teton Pass has been reopened after pretty-much round-the-clock work by highway crews.  Altogether, a Wyoming Department of Highways spokesman says there were 12 major snow slides over two days, and he estimates there were another 20 minor slides.  While crews have conducted considerable avalanche control, the snow on slopes above the road is still unstable.  There are concerns that slides could be easily set off by skiers who may enter the area.  The avalanche danger in the region continues to be rated “high” and forest and weather officials are discouraging any travel in avalanche-prone areas by back-country travelers.  This includes, but is not limited to the Teton Pass area.

NOAA Issues Avalanche Warning

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Friday night issued an avalanche warning for the western mountains of Wyoming effective until midnight Sunday. This warning includes the Teton, Gros Ventre, Snake River, Salt River and Wyoming Ranges as well as the west slope of the Wind River Range and the Togwotee Pass area. Forecasters say heavy snow and strong winds have created very dangerous avalanche conditions where medium to large natural avalanches are likely, and in fact have been already impacting the area’s roadways. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center says over the past seven days, there have been 135 avalanches in the area.  Travel in avalanche prone areas is to be avoided.  Weather officials and urge all outdoor recreationists – regardless of their ability – to heed the warning.

Teton Pass Will Not Reopen

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Teton Pass remains closed.  Efforts to clear multiple avalanches continued through the day, but crews only made it to the summit while the west side remains blocked tonight. Crews hope to try again Saturday to reopen the highway.  However, as much as a foot of additional snow is forecast for the area of the pass on Friday night, bringing with it the possibility of more instability to the slides that already have been cleared, as well as adding to those areas that have not.

Highway Crews Continue Avalanche Work

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Jackson Hole is still going through the aftermath from this week’s winter storm.  Teton Pass remains closed after highway crews were forced to close it at 9:15 Thursday night.  Wyoming Department of Transportation officials report there were numerous avalanches, many which … Continue Reading

Teton Pass Closes Again

Teton Pass Closed

The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed Teton Pass Thursday night at 9:15 pm due to deteriorating weather and road conditions.  Crews will again conduct avalanche control measures overnight.  There is no estimate of when the pass will be reopened.

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