Stranded in a snow storm? Just a June Wyoming day

Welcome to June in Wyoming, where one day you’re in shorts and a t-shirt, the next you’re stranded in a blizzard.

An unlucky motorist became Juneuary’s latest victim this weekend when he got stuck on US 212, around Beartooth Pass. Wyoming Highway Patrol responded at 12:29 a.m. on June 8 to what turned into a full night rescue.

A friend of the stranded motorist had tried to help them out, but even his four-wheel-drive truck was no match for this summer snow storm. He had to turn around due to snow drifts that were getting up to four feet high. The responding state trooper wasn’t any luckier.

Employees from the National Park Service were dispatched to plow a path to the stranded motorist. The plow and the state trooper finally reached the stranded driver near milepost 32 at about 5:14 a.m. Together, the plow driver and state trooper were able to plow and shovel the vehicle out of the drift.

Yup, this is June. Wyoming State Troopers had to hire an NPS snow plow to reach a stranded motorist last weekend. Photo: Wyoming Highway Patrol

The calendar may say June, but Wyoming Highway Patrol reminds drivers that conditions can change in an instant around here. Let this serve as a reminder to always be prepared in case you become stranded in any weather. Make sure you bring enough fuel and provisions to survive overnight if necessary.

Take the time to research travel conditions along your travel route. Check for the latest road conditions in Wyoming. This website will give you links to road and travel information in Yellowstone National Park, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. It’s important you know before you go.

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