Grand Teton National Park has requested an emergency closure of JHMR backcountry gates

Update 7:50am : JHMR has agreed to close all backcountry gates, to the north and south, until further notice based on requests from GTNP officials and Teton County Search and Rescue. Please respect closures and stay safe out there.

From Grand Teton National Park – “Due to park staff involvement in current road closure and winter storm related incidents within the park, elevated avalanche danger, potential risk to rescuers, and forecasted weather, the superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has requested an emergency closure of the gates that access Grand Teton National Park from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort until further notice. Thanks to the Resort for their cooperation and to backcountry recreationists for respecting the closure. Please stay safe!”

Avalanche Forecast For Tuesday, February 26

Steady moderate to heavy snowfall is forecast to continue through Tuesday. Snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour are expected tonight. New snowfall totals for the next 24 hours are forecast to be as much as 2 feet in the mountains and a foot in the valleys. This snow will be denser than it has been so far during this storm cycle. Temperatures on Tuesday will rise into the mid-20s at 10,000 feet and into the mid to upper 30s in the valleys. Strong southwest to west winds at 25 to 35 with gusts to 55 miles per hour will accompany this snowfall.

An avalanche warning is in effect until 6 AM tomorrow morning for the Teton Range and Yellowstone National Park. If the weather forecast verifies that avalanche warning will be extended. An avalanche watch is in effect for the remaining areas in our forecast region. If the weather forecast verified that avalanche watch will be upgraded to an avalanche warning by 6 AM tomorrow morning.

Avalanche conditions are expected to be very dangerous at all elevations in all of our forecast areas on Tuesday. The general avalanche hazard is expected to be high and may rise to extreme in the Teton forecast area. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended during periods of high avalanche hazard. Avoid all avalanche terrain during periods of extreme hazard. Large to very large natural avalanche activity is likely and could become widespread. Impacts to roadways are likely. Impacts to urban areas are possible, especially during the warmest portion of the day.

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