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Date: April 29, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010    10-028   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Changing Road Conditions In Yellowstone

Late season snows have descended on Yellowstone, and will make travel somewhat difficult in some areas of the park for the next few days. Park visitors should be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions, including temporary road closures and delays. 

Roads are being plowed and re-opened as conditions allow. Snow tires are advised and may be required at times. Please call 307-344-2117 at any time for up-to-date road information.  Current forecasts call for gusty winds and snow squalls with conditions beginning to improve slightly on Friday.

All interior roads were closed Wednesday afternoon. The road from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful re-opened at 10:00 a.m. today; the roads from Madison Junction north to Norris, Mammoth, and Canyon, may open later today if conditions allow. Visitors should be prepared for the roads to close at any time if conditions deteriorate.

The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, to the Northeast Entrance and Cooke City, Montana is open year-round.  Interior park roads normally open this time of year include: the West Entrance to Madison Junction to Old Faithful; the North Entrance south to Norris and Madison Junction; and Norris east to Canyon. 

When the road segments are open, limited facilities are available at Old Faithful, Canyon, and Mammoth Hot Springs. A complete list of facility and road closing dates can be found on the web at www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/open_closedates.htm.

We highly recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
***Yellowstone’s 24-hr road update line at: 307-344-2117
***National Weather Service forecast for Yellowstone and Grand Teton: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/riw/?n=ynp_gtnp
***WYDOT Road Information 888-WYO-ROAD  or http://www.wyoroad.info/
***M-DOT Road Information  800-226-7623 or http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

- www.nps.gov/yell -

 

Did You Know?

Upper Geyser Basin Hydrothermal Features on a Winter Day.

Yellowstone contains approximately one-half of the world’s hydrothermal features. There are over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including over 300 geysers, in the park.