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Heavy Snow and Wind Closes Jackson Hole

10 Feb 2017, 1:51 pm

A massive snow and wind event hit the Jackson, Wyoming area earlier this week, creating significant power outages and travel problems. 90 mph winds and heavy snow snapped power lines and knocked down power poles. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort remains closed due to the lack of power for lifts, trams, and lodges.

The resort is hoping to re-open on Monday. According to Liftopia, more than 30″ of snow fell in 48 hours. says “With 14 inches of new on the upper mountain in the last 24 hours, Patrol is conducting avalanche mitigation work again today.  Lower Valley Energy crews are working round the clock on returning power to the area as soon as possible, and by yesterday evening they had four new poles erected.” The season total is listed at 426″  with a base of 141″ on the upper mountain.

[Credit: Drone footage from Lance Koudele on vimeo]

The Jackson Hole Media website says “Persistant avalanche dangers and slides are keeping 191 and 89 from reopening early this morning. Crews are working on clearing routes from Daniel Junction and Alpine into Jackson. Teton Pass remains closed and WYDOT is continuing to list tomorrow morning as their earliest potential opening depending on conditions and safety concerns. Drivers are now able to reach Teton Village, but authorities have closed the road north of the Village entrance.”

Safety is the first concern for JHMR visitors and staff, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff come to Teton Village today and request that no unnecessary travel to Teton Village is in effect until further notice. With another weather system coming into the area tonight, there is a winter storm watch in effect for the higher elevations. Warming temperatures could result in possible flooding in the valley, making conditions challenging for many reasons. JHMR is seriously enforcing no uphill travel this week and asks everyone to stay off the mountain.  JHMR will be issuing refunds for all visitors, but at this time, we do not have a location to process those refunds. Updates on operations and incident information will be updated as they come in at”

[Credit: Drone footage from Lance Koudele on vimeo]

The Jackson Hole Airport is running on generator power and operations are functioning normally.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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