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Mount Rainier National Park closes main entrance to vehicles

January 8, 2019

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park has closed as the partial government shutdown enters into a third week.

The News Tribune reports the park closed the Nisqually entrance near Ashford on Sunday following a winter weather advisory, warning of snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Park officials say vehicles will not be allowed in until further notice, citing safety reasons because the park does not have staff working.

Park officials say visitors are not allowed to park outside the Nisqually entrance, warning that cars parked on private property or blocking the gates will be towed.

Hikers and skiers are still allowed inside the park.

The National Park Inn, restaurant and gift shop also closed Sunday.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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