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 Feb. 3

This is from Bill Walker … We did a “quick” down and back just after noon today. The road is quite navigable as long as you take your time. In a few spots where the wind has blown the snow off the underlying ice, it’s like driving on a frozen river, but the surface is rippled and manageable. Further south, sections of the paved part are clear of snow due to stiff winds.

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 Feb. 17

Currently 12.5 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 1.0 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Foot of St. Mary Lake.

The section of the road between Lake McDonald Lodge and Foot of St. Mary Lake is closed due to the weather. The Quarter Circle Bridge Road is closed. The Apgar Bike Path is closed to pets.

The Camas Road is currently closed at McDonald Creek and Camas/NF Entrance due to the weather.

For more information, see https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm.

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

Nighttime Conditions

Posted Feb. 17

Venus and Saturn will pass each other over the next three days. Venus is the “morning star.” Saturn, which is only about one percent as bright, will stand close below Venus tomorrow and beside it on Tuesday, then pull away from Venus after that.

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 Dec. 1 – Feb. 28 – Burn Season is currently closed.There is no burning allowed in December, January, and February due to frequent inversions and air quality concerns.Recreational campfires are allowed year-round, unless fire season conditions are such that Stage 1 or 2 Fire Restrictions are put into place. Spring Open Burn Season is March 1 – April 30. For more information see www.firesafekalispell.com.  Burning manmade material is prohibited at all times. For more information, see the county’s burning restrictions website.