Snow Warning Issed – 9/10 & 9/11, 2014

Yellowstone National Park Service has shared the following heavy snow warning for the Beartooth Highway and upper elevations including Beartooth Pass.  Travelers need to check weather conditions with local area chambers of commerce before traveling the Beartooth Highway on these days, and should drive with extreme caution only if conditions allow.  Road closures will be posted to the Beartooth Highway website and on the Beartooth Highway Facebook page as quickly as possible.

WYZ002-091000- ABSAROKA MOUNTAINS-
143 PM MDT MON SEP 8 2014

…HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE OVER THE BEARTOOTH PLATEAU WEDNESDAY AND
THURSDAY…

A STRONG EARLY SEASON COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA TUESDAY
INTO TUESDAY NIGHT WITH AN EVEN STRONGER AND COLDER SYSTEM ARRIVING
WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT APPEARS THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR HEAVY SNOW
OVER THE BEARTOOTH PLATEAU INCLUDING HIGHWAY 212 OVER BEARTOOTH PASS
WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. THE HIGHEST LIKELIHOOD OF HEAVY SNOW
APPEARS TO BE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. EARLY INDICATIONS POINT
TOWARDS 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ABOVE 9000 TO 10000 FEET WITH LOCAL
AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP TO VALLEY FLOOR BY
THURSDAY MORNING SO EVEN THE FOOTHILL AREAS COULD SEE A COUPLE
INCHES.

TRAVELLERS…RANCHERS AND OTHERS WITH OUTDOOR INTERESTS SHOULD BE
PREPARED FOR THIS ABRUPT CHANGE TO WINTER LIKE CONDITIONS OVER THE
NEXT COUPLE DAYS. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE
WINTER HIGHLIGHTS.

 

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Did You Know?

 

Beartooth Highway Wyoming & Montana

Whirlpools often form when water rushes through a rough channel.  Water glancing off rocks starts spinning as it is hit by other water rushing by.  Any material caught up in the whirlpool will spin with the water.  In time, spinning sand, pebbles and grave may carve potholes, like the ones seen in the rocks above the bridge.  During the construction of Lake Creek bridge, boulders were removed from the creek’s bed the water channel was changed exposing the potholes.  Watch for them when you visit Lake Creek Falls.

Clay Butte Lookout - Beartooth Highway

The Clay Butte Lookout was built in 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was used as a fire lookout. It was staffed until the 1960s, when aircraft proved a better tool for fire detection. Today, because of its popular scenic vantage point and proximity to the Beartooth Highway, Clay Butte is used as a visitor information site. It was remodeled in 1962 and has been staffed since 1975 by volunteers. The focus of Clay Butte today is to give visitors a glimpse of how fire lookouts functioned 60 years ago. Sightseers driving the scenic byway stop to obtain information or take in the view, which includes wildlife, botanical areas, the effects of the Clover-Mist wildfire of 1988, and the geology of ancient seas that once covered the Beartooth Plateau.