Wyoming historic snowfall; 100 inches… 9 semitrucks topple in high winds

Resort to open Friday after historic snowfall

After historic early season snowfall, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is pushing up its opening day.

On Friday, skiers and snowboarders will be able to access the Teton, Apres Vous and Teewinot lifts a day earlier than scheduled. The Bridger and Sweetwater gondolas, and Casper and Marmot lifts, are scheduled to open the following day.

Resort spokeswoman Anna Cole said the early push came to fruition because of the work of the resort’s operations staff and cooperation from Mother Nature.

“The tools were all in place to open up,” she said. “It’s the conditions that allowed it to happen.”

Weather station data available via the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported 53 inches of snow in Rendezvous Bowl, 45 inches at the Raymer plot and 36 inches at midmountain. Over 100 inches of snow have fallen in the upper elevations, with a storm front moving in Monday night expected to drop up to 11 inches at the higher elevations.

Resort business development director Bill Lewkowitz said the amount of snow on the upper mountain is incredible.

“I did comparisons looking at other resorts, and no one has snow like us,” he said. “For the most part in the U.S., we’ve been very, very lucky.”

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Wind gusts top 60 mph, trucks topple on I-25

CHEYENNE – With wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour Monday, semitractor-trailer combinations were tottering and tipping on highways near Cheyenne.

A wind advisory was out most of the day for light, high-profile vehicles, such as trucks with empty cargo compartments.

But despite those warnings, nine semitractor-trailers had blown over on Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and the Colorado border between 9:26 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., according to Lt. David Wagener of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The interstate was closed for about an hour around 3:30 p.m. to clean up crashes in both lanes, according to emails from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Two vehicles also blew over on U.S. Highway 85 between Cheyenne and Colorado, and another tipped farther north at the rest stop at milepost 47 in Meriden, Wagener said.

Camera shots from the Wyoming Department of Transportation on Monday afternoon showed semi trucks parked alongside the highway at many points on Interstate 25.




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