Teton Pass closed

UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: WYDOT reports Teton Pass is open to all traffic in both directions. START planned to run both its evening routes back to Teton Valley, Idaho, at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Teton County School District No. 1 has sent middle and high school students home if they live in Moose or farther north towns like Buffalo Valley and Moran. Buses picked the students up from school around 1:30 p.m., information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said.

Students whose parents have backup plans for them to stay in town were allowed to stay at school, Reynolds said.

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Highway 22 over Teton Pass is closed for avalanche control and winter conditions, with no estimated opening time.

After avalanche mitigation concludes on Glory Bowl and Twin Slides, road crews will clear the snow that comes down as well as clear some areas that are becoming wind-loaded with snow, said Stephanie Harsha, spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

“How much snow comes down will determine how long the closure lasts,” Harsha said. “With the wind sometimes, you’re just fighting Mother Nature at that point.”

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Some hotels in Jackson offer discounts for anyone stranded by bad weather. Click here for the full list of hotels.

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Pine Creek Pass in Idaho is also closed, meaning START's commuter routes may not be able to return to Idaho tonight. START officials urge commuters to plan accordingly.

For drivers heading north to Moran, WYDOT has issued a "no unnecessary travel" advisory.

ORIGINAL: Teton Pass will close at 2 p.m. today so authorities can perform avalanche control, as high winds create snow loading issues.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is working to clear the parking areas on the pass ahead of the closure, and officials ask that residents and motorists spread the word. 

“The quicker we can get people out of there, the quicker we can start our work, and the quicker we can get it opened up," WYDOT spokesperson Stephanie Harsha said.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. Read more about this week's stormy forecast in today's Jackson Hole Daily.

Weather has also closed Jackson's trash transfer station to the public. Read more here.  

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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