Thursday, January 9, 2020

Teton Pass, WY Closed Due to 2 Large Avalanches

Teton Pass, WY 2 avalanches broke onto Teton Pass, WY today closing the highway. Luckily, no one was harmed. Photo: btacavy/Instagram

Wyoming State Highway 22, or Teton Pass as it is commonly referred to as, was closed today by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) due to 2 large avalanches that broke on Mt. Glory near the top of the pass, the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reports. The slides broke around 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m today. The triggers remain unknown.
According to the BTAC, the slide was approximately 150 wide and buried sections of the highway 2-3 feet deep. It was a soft-slab avalanche categorized as D2 in size. A local resident and delivery driver, Riley Doyle, was caught in the slide as he was driving his delivery truck. He was unharmed by the slide.

About an hour later, a second avalanche was triggered from the Twin Slides Avalanche path burying the road up to 10 feet deep. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. At the time of this writing, WYDOT is working to clear debris to allow cars to leave the highway and avalanche mitigation work to take place as the road will most likely remain closed today and through the night. 

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