Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First day of fall left an impression

Well, it’s fall in the Northwest again. You know what that means: Crisp, sunny days. The changing colors of the leaves. Snow in the passes.

Wait. What? Snow? In September? Yep, that’s right. A freak snowstorm hit the North Cascades on Monday, dropping several inches of wet snow on the North Cascades Highway and forcing the closure of the 3-mile road to Artist Point.

Personally, I was hoping for a few more of those balmy 70-degree days. But I guess we’ve been overruled by mother nature.

On Monday, WSDOT crews working on Mount Baker Highway (SR 542) near Artist Point decided to close the last three miles of the road to Artist Point as a safety precaution. It’s a steep, windy road with narrow shoulders and no guardrail – a beautiful drive in good weather, but not for the faint of heart in snowy or icy conditions. Because of that, we typically close the road in mid-October and don’t open it again until mid-July.

Fortunately, the snow didn’t stick around for long, and the road was only closed for one day. Of course, if we get more cool weather – or more snow – anytime soon, we may have to close the road for the season. Here’s hoping for warmer weather.

You can find photos of our snowplows in action – on the first day of fall – by visiting our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157607451604559/


Anonymous said...

What a way to usher in the season XD ... and that's netspeak, for y'all over there ... XD = smiling really big, so that your eyes crinkle, as opposed to :D which is just a big smile w/teeth. And :) which is the courtesy smile.

... Yeah, this would be one of the younger watchers of the blog. I'm a baby in the State, comparatively. And emphasis on the watcher . This is my first comment (And again, in netspeak, I'd be commonly referred to as a 'lurker' - someone who watches but rarely says anything/comments/lets people know they're watching). And from the younger generation? We love blogs, and that it's updated all the time. I'm still hoping that the rest of the state's agencies will follow suite someday - mine as well.

Good work guys!

Gunnar said...

Not bad. Snow in september? I never experienced that when being around. Have fun building a nice castle :-)

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