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The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open for the season at 8 a.m. on Friday, as originally scheduled, thanks to the support of the Cody, Wyo., community to pay for state plows to help clear the route.

The National Park Service decided to delay the start of plowing by one to two weeks because of budget cuts. Rather than see the opening of the entrance to the park delayed, Cody and Jackson, Wyo., provided funding for Wyoming Department of Transportation crews to join the Park Service in clearing snow from some park road segments.

Travel through the South Entrance to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and on to Fishing Bridge and across Craig Pass to Old Faithful is set to open on May 10, given favorable weather conditions. The West and North entrances are already open.

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