As the National Park Service prepares for a second winter in five years, the National Weather Service has issued warnings for water holes along Yellowstone National Park’s east and west edges, and the region’s northern and southern rim.
The warnings come after more than 10 days of rain, snow and ice have soaked the park, causing problems with road conditions, power outages and snow plows.
“We’ve had some areas where it’s very difficult to get around because of the heavy rain and snowfall, especially along the east and southwest edges of Yellowstone,” said Matt Jaffe, the park service’s regional weather manager.
“So we’re hoping that we’ll be able to get some snow plow operators and truckers out to help out.”
Weather service officials are hoping that the region will see snow, not ice, in the coming weeks, Jaffe said.
A snow plough will help clear roads and clear debris.
There have been several accidents and road closures on the park’s west and south sides, with road crews digging through frozen ground.
“This has been one of the worst winter storms we’ve had in the park in quite some time,” said Tom Nissen, a National Park ranger with the Yellowstone District.
So if it rains, it rains.” “
The area is still a very icy and wet area.
So if it rains, it rains.”
Weather is predicted to be mostly cloudy and cold with a high of 14 degrees, with lows of 4 degrees.
Snowfall is forecast for parts of the south and southwest.
Snow conditions in the east are expected to remain mild through Monday, although temperatures will remain above freezing.
“It’s just a matter of time until it gets really cold and we start to see some serious problems,” Jaffe added.
The snowplow operators will have to work through snow to get a crew out, but they will also be required to be equipped with snow-sensing equipment and be able use their own snowplows.
Crews will have limited access to the park during this time.
Snow removal is also expected to be difficult.
Snow is falling across much of the park.
A few areas will be in the range of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 35 centimeters) in some areas, with higher snowfall rates.
Officials expect the area to get to about 15 inches (40 centimeters) by Monday morning, with some areas being as high as 20 inches (50 centimeters).
“There are lots of roads in the area, and they’re really busy with people going around the park to go and get their supplies,” Nissens said.
The weather service has issued snow emergency plans in case it becomes necessary to take action.
In addition to roads and roads that have been closed, roads will be closed to all vehicle movement in the west, west-central portion of the Park and east of the East Fork of the Yellowstone River.
Roadways will be maintained and cleared of snow.
In the west and east, roads and roadways will also remain closed, except for the northern and southwestern rim.
“Any snow that falls will create a problem,” Jaffas said.
“And it’s going to be a real problem for drivers because it’s a very busy road, with lots of traffic.”
A portion of Interstate 90 in the southern portion of Yellowstone National Parks was closed for several hours on Sunday after heavy snow fell in parts of that area.
In nearby Pine Ridge National Forest, snow had fallen in several areas and crews were working to clear roads of snow and debris.
Weather service crews have been working to make sure that roads in that area stay clear of the snow and snow.
“Our crews are working to get roads and sidewalks clear of snow,” Nilsen said.