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Going to the Sun Road

The Wigwam Fire burning near Ennis on Aug. 15.
Inciweb

Rain in western Montana Monday did little to slow fire growth across the state.

"Well it’s a mixed blessing," said Jay Nichols, a spokesperson assigned to the Monument and Wigwam Fires burning south of Ennis. "So obviously wind isn’t a good thing, rain’s a good thing, but I don’t know that it will be a substantial amount of rain."

Two Medicine restroom nearly completely covered in snow the first week of April, 2018. This winter brought record, or near record, snowfall to parts of northwest Montana.
National Park Service

Glacier National Park plow crews are dealing with massive amounts of snow and it’s still falling. Plow crews working in Two Medicine on Glacier’s east side are clearing some snow drifts that are 15 to 20 feet deep.

Glaicer Park's Logan Pass visitors center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

For the first time, more than one million people entered Glacier National Park in a single month. Park officials made the announcement Monday.

The crowds are causing park officials to set time limits on some parking spaces, including up at Logan Pass. Next week about 60 parking spaces at the pass will have a one hour limit, aiming to move along the traffic congestion in the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor.

A snow blower clears off the final snow drifts on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

Plowing crews in Glacier National Park are clearing the final snow drifts from the park’s iconic main road, with hopes to open it entirely within the next few weeks. Though most of Going to the Sun Road is now open to bikers and hikers, one section just east of the Continental Divide remains buried under 15 feet of snow.