Wilson Elementary School was nearly buried last week after a series of winter storms dumped several feet of snow around the valley. With less sun and colder temperatures, structures in Wilson held more snow than other locations around Jackson Hole.
Stock haulers drive into the void Thursday afternoon along Highway 26/89/191 in Grand Teton National Park. The highway was closed between Moose and Moran from Sunday until Thursday due to heavy drifting snow.
Teigen Moore of Mountain X Excavation plows snow from the parking lot up an ever-growing mountain at the Teton County Fairgrounds last week. See this week’s Jackson Hole News&Guide for a photo essay on February’s serious snowfall.
February 2019 was a historic month in Jackson Hole.
Town proper handily beat 1978 for snowiest February on record, with over 50 inches compared with the old, unimpressive record of 33 inches. February also made a hard run at January 1969 for the title of snowiest month, period, when there was 56 inches, but fell short by a mere 3.1 inches, largely because of warm weather that arrived a week ago.
Regardless of the numbers the month was one that will be remembered — accumulation made it hard for both two-legged and four-legged residents to travel the blanketed valley. Wilson held onto the snowfall particularly well, as has the Teton County Fairgrounds, the home base for trucks brimming with snow looking for a place to unload. Other parts of the Hole have already started melting, and streets are starting to shine through. But the year isn’t over.
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Sun sets on Sleeping Indian after a storm begins to clear.