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US 12 east of Kooskia anticipated to reopen Tuesday afternoon under reduced avalanche risk

LEWISTON - Based on monitoring by avalanche specialists and a forecast of colder temperatures, US Highway 12 is anticipated to reopen Tuesday afternoon between Fish Creek (milepost 126) and Saddle Camp Road (milepost 139).

Although no avalanches occurred, considerable hazard prompted the closing of the highway Sunday afternoon for the safety of drivers and recreationists.

Sign warning of avalanche danger Sunday (Courtesy of ITD)

The highway could reopen as early as 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, but drivers should check 511.idaho.gov for updated information before traveling as conditions could change.

Avalanche specialists rely on the forecast and data provided by weather stations-one at Bald Mountain and one at Powell-to determine the risk for drivers. The station at Powell was installed last fall, and another station will be placed at Castle Butte later this year to better forecast avalanche hazard along US 12.

The last avalanche to reach US 12 was in 2008.


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