Going-to-the-Sun Road still not open – Too much snow

Glacier National Park blames the late opening on “guidance from the CDC.” (See note at bottom of page.) What a laugh!

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In Glacier National Park in Montana, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is still not open due to on-going snow removal efforts slowed because of such a heavy snowfall this past winter. And with the recent cold weather and terrible conditions still on-going, this year is likely to break the current record for latest opening, which is 2011 ( July 13th).

Clearing of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, MT. Credit: NPS

Since records began, Going to the Sun road has experienced only five openings in July: July 1, 2007, July 2, 2008, July 10, 1943, July 13, 2011, and July 15, 1933.

Notice that three of the five late openings have taken place in the last 13 years. This will make the fourth.

More and more snow later and later in the year. This is how ice ages begin!

Here’s a press kit from Glacier National Park showing open and close dates:
https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/upload/Logan-Pass-Open-Close-Dates_Press-Kit-6-26-2017.pdf

Why such a late opening?
Road-clearing crews encountered 80-foot (20.4-meter) snowdrifts:
https://snowbrains.com/plow-crews-80-feet-snow-drifts-going-sun/

The most snow in 30 years
https://snowbrains.com/months-plowing-glacier-national-park/

Link from June 15 with lots of photos
https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/06/15/plow-crews-begin-clearing-snow-drift-on-glacier-national-park-road-portions-covered-by-80ft-of-snow/

Note: The Glacier National Park says many of its roads are temporarily closed due to “guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers.” What a laugh!
https://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm

Thanks to Laurel and Joel O’Brien for these links

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July 8, 2020 at 12:40PM