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WYDOT issues no travel advisory in Snake River Canyon for Wednesday night; Thursday morning

WYDOT issues no travel advisory in Snake River Canyon for Wednesday night; Thursday morning

Jackson, Wyo. Mother Nature continues to pound Teton County with warm temperatures and continued precipitation.  With more rain on its way to the valley, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a no unnecessary travel advisory, and is recommending residents and travelers plan ahead and stay home tonight and tomorrow.

“We are expecting more rain–rain on new snow–which is a perfect recipe for avalanches,” WYDOT Avalanche Technician Jamie Yount said.

Many commuters were hoping to see a Teton Pass opening early this morning, but several natural slides overnight prevented crews from safely opening the pass.  Several snow accumulation issues and slides are also affecting both the Snake River Canyon and the Hoback Canyon, closing them both for periods of time.

“We have been chasing this all night.  There is only so much we can do,”  Yount added.

In addition to the high avalanche danger, the weather service as also issued a flood watch for the area, due to high amounts of expected rain.  Hazardous winds are also expected.

“This unusual weather will create unsafe road conditions and poor driving environments,” Yount said.

Crews from WYDOT will continue to fight the chaotic weather, but extended highway closures are anticipated.  WYDOT is encouraging residents and commuters to plan ahead today,  to travel to your expected destination, and stay put.

“We are highly recommending people do not travel this evening and throughout tomorrow.  With the dangers of avalanches, flooding and poor driving conditions, it’s just safer to stay home.  Don’t risk it,” Yount said.

The storm is expected to let up by the end of the week

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WYDOT issues no travel advisory in Snake River Canyon for Wednesday night; Thursday morning

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  1. What about using explosives and then clean it up, that’s how they do it in Alaska old anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back of a DOT truck. They fired the rounds off into the avalanche area to keep it under control

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