Heavy Snow CLOSES US-212 (Beartooth Pass) in Montana!

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Heavy SNOW caused the Montana Department of Transportation to CLOSE 10,947′ Beartooth Pass on US-212 yesterday at 8:10pm.  The closure goes from Vista Point on the Montana side to Long Lake on the Wyoming side.

Road conditions will be reevaluated this morning around daylight.

Pretty awesome that we’re having road closures in Montana in August!

Beartooth Pass map and labels. image: mtdot
Beartooth Pass map showing Vista Point, where the closure begins. image: mtdot

US-212 BEARTOOTH PASS IS CLOSED AT VISTA PT ON MT SIDE.
ROAD CLOSURE DUE TO SNOW.
THE PASS IS CLOSED AT VISTA PT ON MT SIDE AND FROM VISTA PT TO LONG LAKE IT IS COMPLETELY CLOSED ON WY SIDE DUE TO SNOW. TEMPS WILL DROP OVERNIGHT ON TOP TO CREATE VERY ICY CONDITIONS. PASS WILL BE CHECKED AGAIN ON THUR MORN AROUND DAYLIGHT TO WORK ON GETTING PASS BACK OPEN. IF YOU TRAVEL FROM RED LODGE YOU MUST TURN AROUND AT VISTA PT AND RETURN TO RED LODGE. – MTDOT, yesterday

Beartooth Pass map.
Beartooth Pass map.

US-212 was still closed as of this writing at 9am MST.

Colorado, British Columbia, and Alberta all got snow in the past 3 days.

There is a summer only ski resort up on Beartooth Pass (Beartooth Basin) that hasn’t been able to get open due to a lack of snow the past 2 summers.

Forecast
Dopplar showing heavy snow on Beartooth Pass, MT yesterday.
image: mtdot, today at 8am MST.
image: mtdot, today at 9am MST.
Loveland Pass ski area, CO yesterday.
Loveland Pass ski area, CO yesterday.
Lake Louise, AB today.
Lake Louise, AB on Tuesday.

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21 thoughts on “Heavy Snow CLOSES US-212 (Beartooth Pass) in Montana!

  1. was in Glacier for a week & Bozeman fro a week in my Aussie shorty shorts last week .
    Looks like we visited MT just in time . Back in Aussie just in time for Spring.

  2. We were there We’d, it was beautiful! We’ve been staying just ahead of the fires, now find out we were just ahead of the snow! What a place. Awesome!

  3. I agree with Anonymous. Have any of you thought about what this may mean for the weather in December? This much snow is at least a couple months too soon, isn’t it? Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what this portends for this winter, in general, or is that too much of a “downer”?

    1. Don’t worry Mary Lee. It is not unusual for Beartooth Pass to shut down with snow for a night this time of year – it’s almost 11,000 ft. It opened the following day and the temperatures are back to normal. It’ll probably get snow a few more times before closing for the winter in mid October.

  4. Just a note. I was born in Red Lodge, it is the most beautiful and quiet town. We are from Utah and the Snow can be pretty mean, but it can also be very beautiful as it falls. That Switch back is the most amazing and scary road, other than the road in Glacier. I talk to my family about how beautiful your town is. Hooray love it.

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