On his blog for Friends of Pathways, Jay Pistono acknowledged how the recent avalanche on Mt. Taylor has sparked a mountain of dialogue … Continue Reading
You’ve seen the variety of license plates on the cars of residents in neighboring Idaho – commemorating potatoes, old timers, white water, corvettes, skiers, snowmobiles – 38 specialty plates in all in addition to the standard license plate. Too many? Apparently the state legislature … Continue Reading
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 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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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