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Forest Roads Nearly Impassable

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This may not have been the time to venture out for winter travel on forest roads.  Bridger Teton National Forest Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says the unseasonably warm weather has left roads soggy, slushy and at times impassable.  She says even the trail groomers have been getting mired down.  Cernicek says, “We had people sliding off the highway, we had snowmobiles that actually got stuck on snow trails where they slumped into the slush and weren’t able to get traction, and we’ve had people with four-wheel-drive who are finding out that it’s really not working well in the ice and the muck that is left over after this warm weather that’s gone through. Cernicek says the forest may have to close some of the roads until conditions improve, but for now they are counting on forest users to exercise good judgement.  Most importantly, Cernicek says just because you can get in on the frozen roads in the morning doesn’t mean you will be able to get back out in the afternoon after they’ve begun to thaw.

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