Weather, road, and more

North Fork weather

Anyone who has lived on the North Fork knows that the weather changes a great deal depending on where you are on the road. If you type in 59928 on the weather site, then you end up with Polebridge weather only. NOAA to the rescue. The links below take you to that part of the road of interest to you. Now you can better calculate where you’re probably going to need to chain up.
How do you get weather forecasts for different parts of the road? See our FAQ.

Trail Creek / Ford Station / Community Hall / Polebridge / Camas Turnoff 

This is also a very cool NOAA page that gives detailed weather for 48 hours in graph from. For more information about our local weather, check it out over on the right.

Road conditions

Travel on the lower road or go through the park? How far up has the snow plow or grader gotten? Has everyone heard about the snow slide on the lower road? Questions we’ve all asked at one time or another. Check here for any information we might have heard about the North Fork road. Send information if you have up-to-the-minute information. We’ll get it posted for everyone else.

North Fork Road – Posted May 4

Here’s a message from Vernon Pettey… County Road graders and water truck where at Northern Flat yesterday, working their way north. Also, the Camas road is open. It must be spring!

If anyone has any more up-to-the-minute information, please let us know.

You might also be interested in the North Fork Flathead Road Corridor Study’s final report.

Glacier Park Roads – Posted May 23

Currently 17.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.
Visitors can drive 11.5 miles from the West Entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge, and 5.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Rising Sun.

The section of the road between Lake McDonald Lodge and Rising Sun is closed due to plowing.
Hiker/Biker access on the west side is to Packers Roost, approximately 12 miles past the vehicle closure.
There is currently no Hiker/Biker access on the east side past the vehicle closure due to wildlife management.
The Quarter Circle Bridge Road is currently closed due to flooding. There are currently no Hiker/Biker restrictions, though visitors need to use care crossing standing or flowing water.
Dogs are not permitted on roads past the vehicle closures.

The Inside North Fork Road is currently closed at Doverspike Meadow, Bowman Lake Road, Polebridge South Gate and Fish Creek due to the weather.

The Camas road is open.

Get all of the information about Glacier Park roads from here.


Posted May 23

Note that flooding has moved into the “Action” range.

NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services page shows that the chance for flooding increases as the month goes along. You can get the latest directly from NOAA’s page

Nighttime Conditions

Posted May 23

Mars is climbing into better view by the day. Right now, the planet stands about a third of the way up the southern sky at first light, and looks like a bright orange star.

Aurora watch:  The current alert level for aurora’s is Low (2 out of 10).  Check out this site from the Geophysical Institute that gives frequent updates to the predictions for North America. 

Got burnpile? Who doesn’t

From March 1 – June 30 open burning is allowed from 10:00am – 6:00pm. All fires must be completely extinguished by 6:00pm. For more information see  Burning manmade material is prohibited at all times. For more information, see the county’s burning restrictions website.