Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Highway Temporarily Closed; Snow Expected in Yellowstone

Something to note if you plan on traveling to Yellowstone National Park the next few days: the Beartooth Highway, connecting Red Lodge and Cooke City and eventually the Park’s Northeast Entrance, is temporarily closed because of winter-like conditions.

An overnight winter storm hit the Beartooth Highway, including upper elevations and Beartooth Pass, and caused officials to close it temporarily due to snow, ice and winter like conditions. Crews will continue to monitor the highway, and updates will be made as they become available. The early fall storm moving through the area is expected to continue though Thursday, as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm warning for the Beartooth region from tonight at 6 p.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday for additional heavy snowfall and gusty winds. The forecast: six to 12 inches of snow over the northeast slopes of the mountains and four to eight inches along the foothills.

Some of that snow could also reach Yellowstone, as the weather forecast calls for a chance of snow Thursday morning, then a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Dress warmly: highs are predicted to be between 39 to 45.

For current road conditions contact the following:

Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce – 406/446-1718
Cooke City Chamber of Commerce – 406/838-2495
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce – 307/587-2777
Montana DOT – 406/252-4138 or 888/863-8465

The Beartooth Highway will close for the 2014 travel season Oct. 14, 2014 at 8 a.m.

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