Thursday, January 8, 2009

Avalanche arms at work

The roads are nasty here right now. Two of the three roads that connect our community to the outside world have been closed for over a day now. The trip over the third has been described by locals as "the worst driving I've had to do in years." At lower elevations the roads are just slushy like this. But as the roads wind up to higher elevations the amount of snowfall dramatically increases, the slush is half-frozen, and there have been copious small and larger avalanches onto the highway.

They clear the avalanches as soon as they can do so safely, but they don't re-open the road until the avalanche danger has de-escalated.

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