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Beartooth Pass reopens after brief avalanche closure

Beartooth Pass reopens after brief avalanche closure

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Clearing the Beartooth Pass

The Beartooth Pass remains closed as crews continue to remove snow near the Montana-Wyoming border on Thursday.

The Beartooth Highway reopened to the Montana-Wyoming state line Saturday morning after an avalanche prompted a brief closure, according to the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured in the avalanche, which was discovered at about 5:30 a.m., according to the county's emergency dispatch office. It had blocked both lanes of traffic, the sheriff's office wrote on social media, before a crew from the Montana Department of Transportation removed the snow from the roadway.

Saturday marked the beginning of seasonal access to the Beartooth Pass. The highway had previously been open only to Vista Point, about 19 miles south of Red Lodge.

Travelers will still need to turn around once they reach the state line. The Wyoming side of Highway remains closed as the National Park Service continues work to clear it, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

Earlier in the week the highway opening was delayed by more than 3 feet of snow that dropped over the mountain roadway

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