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 Jan. 8

Here’s an updated road report from Betsy… What a difference a storm makes. The road is winter wonderful!

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 Dec. 22

We’re not updating because of the government shutdown.

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

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.
This information is correct as of December 22, 2018

During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media or the park website. Some areas of Glacier National Park are accessible; however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services.

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 Jan. 19

Lambda Draconis, the star at the end of the tail of Draco, the dragon, is puffing up. It is about 70 times wider than the Sun and almost 900 times brighter. The star is low in the north at nightfall, with the rest of the dragon stretching to its left.

Aurora watch:  The current alert level for aurora’s is Moderate (3 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.