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Beartooth Highway near Yellowstone closed; snow removal halted over ‘safety concerns’

Plowing Beartooth Highway (Jacob W. Frank/NPS)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — For those planning a trip to Yellowstone this weekend, the National Park Service is advising of a major highway closure near the Northeast Entrance from Montana due to hazardous winter conditions.

The Beartooth Highway (US-212) east of Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance between Cooke City, Montana and Red Lodge is expected to remain closed for the time being until hazardous winter driving conditions improve, per an NPS news release.

Snowfall from a Memorial Day weekend storm reportedly created large drifts and potentially dangerous avalanche conditions, the NPS says, with some portions of the highway seeing as much as 4–6 feet of snow that needs to be cleared ahead of another storm system predicted to bring additional precipitation to the area.

Snow removal has been temporarily discontinued due to safety concerns, per the NPS, and is expected to resume once conditions improve and it is safe to remove the significant amount of snow from the roadway.

According to the NPS, the highway will reopen to the public as soon as conditions allow.