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START Bus schedule adjusted for snow

February 4, 2019

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Three of START’s four Teton Valley commuter buses are cancelled tonight due to the Teton Pass closure this morning. The other will leave Snow King Center at 6 p.m.

All commuter buses to Star Valley will run on schedule tonight.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Tonight’s Hootenanny has been cancelled because of the storm, organizer Hank Phibbs said. It will return Feb. 11 at Dornan’s in Moose.

UPDATE, 12:59 p.m.: Teton Pass is open to traffic in both directions, WYDOT is reporting at 12:57 p.m.

UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: Teton Pass won’t open until about 3 to 5 p.m. today, according to the latest alert from WYDOT.

Spokesperson Stephanie Harsha said the agency will provide another update around 3 p.m. if the highway needs to be closed longer for cleanup.

UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.: WYDOT is reporting that the highway from Jackson to Moran Junction is open to all traffic in both directions, although conditions remain “slick with reduced visibility.”

Midday, there were 10 vehicles in the ditch along Grand Teton National Park’s stretch of Highway 26/89/191, including a semi-trailer truck, spokeswoman Denise Germann said.

“People definitely need to drive slow,” Germann said. “In some places there might not be the full two-lane width that’s normally available.”

Parking lots at Teton Village and Stilson are full, according to a release from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at 11:32 a.m. Skiers are asked to take the bus from town to the resort.

“We are in the middle of a huge storm cycle, and our staff is doing the best they can to keep up with the plowing and snow removal demands,” Vice President of Operations Tim Mason said. “However, there are challenging conditions today, and safety is the primary concern both on the mountain, and also getting to and from the resort.”

UPDATE, 10:17 a.m.: Teton County School District No. 1 is monitoring conditions and may do an early release for students living north of town.

The district will notify parents as soon as possible of early release times or other changes due to weather.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: Teton Pass is estimated to open in five to seven hours, according to the latest release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The Trash Transfer station is closed today. For more information call Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling at 733-7678.

UPDATE, 10 a.m.: All roads in Grand Teton National Park have been closed, meaning those looking to catch a flight have no way to access Jackson Hole Airport, according to a Nixle emergency alert sent at 10 a.m. this morning.

North Highway 89 is closed just north of the Town of Jackson boundary. The roadway into town and the the park from Togwotee Pass is also closed.

“Today is going to be a very active weather and road-closure day,” read a Nixle alert. “There have been multiple collisions and slide-offs all over the county today already. Everyone is asked to use extreme caution while driving.”

Snow King Mountain is performing avalanche control on the ski hill, according to the Nixle alert. A previous alert from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort said lifts will be delayed for the same reason.

Teton Pass remains closed.

Original story, 7:10 a.m.: The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed Highway 22 over Teton Pass this morning for avalanche control. As of 5 a.m., WYDOT estimated the pass would reopen in five to eight hours.

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported 12 inches of snow at the Raymer and Rendezvous study plots at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The avalanche hazard is rated “High” at elevations above 9,000 feet this morning. That rating will extend to elevations above 7,500 feet by the afternoon.

“Up to two feet of new snow with 2 inches of moisture has fallen in the last 30 hours,” the avalanche center reported. “This new snow has accumulated on good sliding surfaces and is creating very dangerous avalanche conditions. Large natural avalanches are likely and could run long distances. Travel in avalanche terrain including the run out zones of large avalanche paths is not recommended.”

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