In the midst of a series of winter storms, Teton Pass closed Monday afternoon and other roadways out of Jackson Hole were engulfed in snow and ice.

Officials with the Wyoming Department of Transportation closed the pass to perform avalanche control, then reopened the thoroughfare at 6 p.m.

WYDOT foreman Bruce Daigle said crews detected some movement in the snowpack, but didn’t trigger any avalanche large enough to cross the highway.

“Any good avalanche control is when it doesn’t hit the road,” he said. “That’s the best outcome you can have.”

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Western Wyoming on Monday, warning of perhaps 5 or more inches of snow through 5 p.m. Tuesday that could create dangerous travel conditions. It issued a similar warning for Eastern Idaho.

Pine Creek Pass in Idaho also closed Monday, threatening to strand Teton Valley commuters in Jackson overnight. Some began making plans to stay in town, but the pass reopened by the commuter hour.

When Teton Pass reopened, START Operations Manager Jeff Deal said the plan was to send the last two commuter buses to Idaho, one soon after 6 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. He wasn’t sure if they run Tuesday, however.

On Highway 89 north to Moose, Buffalo Valley and Moran, WYDOT issued a “no unnecessary travel” advisory. Teton County School District No. 1 sent middle and high school students who lived in those areas home early.

South of town, between Pinedale and Jackson, WYDOT warned of black ice.

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Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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