Glacier National Park Warns of Possible Avalanches…IN JUNE
It has been an interesting spring to say the least. But, here we are, on the eve of the summer solstice. That's right, tomorrow marks the OFFICIAL start to summer, the longest day of the year for us in the northern hemisphere, a time of year when people tend to complain about the summer heat and the need for sunscreen. Meanwhile in Montana, we are hearing about the real possibility of avalanches in Glacier National Park.
Snow accumulations of nearly 2 feet above 6200' elevation.
The flooding in and around Yellowstone National Park has been devastating. With billions of dollars worth of damage done to roads and bridges leading out of the park, Glacier National Park is also experiencing flooding and dangerously high water flows. Now, officials at Glacier National park are adding avalanches to the list of possible dangers.
According to a recent post from Glacier National Park of Facebook.
There is approximately 1.5-2' of newly settled snow at 6250' on the road and much more expected in the avalanche start zones above GTSR. Much of this new snow is expected to avalanche over the next few days due to the dramatic warm-up and sunshine, with large amounts of avalanche debris being deposited on the road between Road Camp and Siyeh Bend. This late storm delayed progress on clearing GTSR and plow crews should be returning to higher elevations on Tuesday.
While other states are experiencing typical summer heat waves, Montana has yet to pack up our sweaters and snow shovels. Here is to the brave men and women who are charged with the task of opening the Going to the Sun Road and other paths in Glacier Park.