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. 18

Dawn Olson Jacobson says… pavement was wet, no ice. Road from end of pavement to Moose Creek was very consistent. Milky white ice with varying amounts of slush on top. No more than 3” of slush. Graders been from Big creek past Moose creek on the north bound lane.

If anyone has any more 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 Jan. 23

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 Inside North Fork Road is currently closed at Polebridge RS Main Gate and Fish Creek 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. Bikes and dogs are not permitted on the road. This also includes on the Quarter Circle Bridge Road and the Bike Path.

The Camas Road is currently closed at McDonald Creek and Camas/NF Entrance due to the weather. The Grist Road is also closed for the winter season. No bikes or dogs allowed behind the vehicle closure.

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

Avalanche Conditions

Posted Jan. 23

Snow pack conditions are highly variable across the advisory area. Recently observed instabilities include: near surface crust/facet combinations, isolated buried surface hoar, lingering windslabs, and in some areas deep instabilities formed early in the season.  Our variable and tricky snow pack warrants careful, slope-specific evaluation before skiing or riding on it.

Get the latest information about avalanches from the Northwest Montana Avalanche Center.

Nighttime Conditions

Posted Jan. 22

Look northeast in late evening for the Big Dipper. The handle points toward the horizon, with the bowl high in the sky. The second star from the end of the handle is Mizar. If you look carefully, you might see its faint companion, Alcor.

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

Open burning is closed from December 1 through February 28th. Open burning will be available next on March 1, 2018. 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.