WYDOT clearing Hoback and watching other avalanche areas with warmup

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Warming temperatures and recent additional snow accumulations are putting several local stretches of highway at risk for avalanche.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed US 189/191 Hoback Canyon for avalanche mitigation around noon today to address the increasing risk to travelers.

WYDOT maintenance crews were able to bring down a 10-foot tall, 60-foot wide controlled slide from the Cow of the Woods slide path in the Hoback Canyon.

Road crews have just finished clearing snow from the roadway and the highway is back open. The avalanche team will also be closely monitoring US 26/89 through the Snake River Canyon and WYO 22 over Teton Pass, as well and continuing to monitor US 189/191 through the Hoback Canyon.

Warming temperatures and more snow could force unplanned closures for avalanche control work in all three areas.

WYDOT is asking drivers to be prepared for potential closures, be alert and cautious of snowplows and obey all traffic control devices, closures, and signs.

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