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Glacier closes Logan Pass due to snow

by Daily Inter Lake
| October 10, 2021 2:00 PM

Winter weather prompted Glacier National Park officials to close the alpine section of Going-to-the-Sun Road on Sunday. Visitors could drive to Avalanche on the west side of the park, and to Jackson Overlook on the east side.

The snow level was expected to drop to 6,000 feet Sunday, with up to 3 inches possible during the day. The low on Logan Pass for Sunday night was forecast to dip into the teens. High temperatures on the 6,646-foot pass are not expected to climb above freezing until next weekend.

Two Medicine Road remained open Sunday. The Many Glacier Road is closed for the season due to a construction project.

According to a briefing from the National Weather Service in Missoula, a low pressure system will bring freezing temperatures and chances of snow across the Northern Rockies this week. Marias Pass on Glacier Park’s southern boundary had a 60% chance of measurable snow through Monday. Kalispell, meanwhile, had just a 10% chance of snow.

The bulk of precipitation was expected to target southwest portions of the state near Yellowstone Park, Butte and Bozeman. Lemhi County in Idaho was forecast to get up to 10 inches of snow above 7,500 feet.

Another round of snow is possible Wednesday into Thursday, especially along the Idaho and Montana border. Snow levels are forecast to drop to 3,000 feet in western Montana.

A warming and drying trend returns by the weekend, with highs in the 50s for the Flathead Valley.