Winter Storm Warning
South Pass closed
February 22, 2012
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5AM Thursday morning (Feb. 23) for the Upper Green River Basin and surrounding mountains. Snow and blowing snow will continue Wednesday evening, along with strong west to northwest winds. Strong west winds had averages near forty miles per hour today with gusts in the seventies on Rendezvous Mountain. Gusts to 130 mph were recorded on Mount Coffin in the Wyoming Range late this afternoon. An additional 1-3" of snow expected around Pinedale.
Avalanche activity was widespread today. Multiple slides were reported in the mountain country today. Slides were reported on the road in Snake River Canyon early this morning. Highway 191 in Hoback Canyon closed this afternoon due to natural avalanche debris from both Cow and Calf of the Woods slide paths. A car was briefly trapped in one of those slides, fortunately no one was injured.
A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 5AM Thursday including the towns of La Barge, Big Piney and Farson. High winds are expected to continue through the evening hours Wednesday. Winds of 35 to 45 mph, with gusts to 65 mph possible. A peak wind speed of 50 mph was reported at the Big Piney airport this afternoon. Light weight and high profile vehicles may become dangerous along Highways 189, 191 and 28.
Travel and outdoor activity may become hazardous. Travelers should be prepared for road closures. Visibility will be less than ¼ mile at times in blowing snow. South Pass remains closed as of 7:00PM Wednesday. Travel only if necessary and be prepared with emergency food, water and flashlight in your vehicle. The latest road conditions provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation by calling 5-1-1 or on the internet at www.wyoroad.info.