PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis
By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
BRIDGER VALLEY—The Valley was blanketed in heavy wet snow Tuesday morning,Oct. 29, following an overnight storm.
Some areas reported 10 inches of snow. Another storm hit the Valley Wednesday afternoon. There was no report of how heavy this storm was or how long it lasted before press time.
This picture was taken Tuesday morning before daybreak and showing how the heavy snow had brought tall standing bushes to the ground. In conjunction, Bridger Valley Electric reported Tuesday morning on Faceboon the storm had created outages in its service area.
The company said, “With the arrival of a particularly large snow storm, we are currently working on several outages throughout the service territory. This includes areas within the Bridger Valley and the Manila/Dutch John areas.
“ The heavy wet snow builds up on power lines and causes them to sag. If the lines withstand the weight without breaking, they will slap together once the snow/ice falls off the line, causing lines to bounce into one another causing outages and blinks.”
Interstate 80 between Fort Bridger and Evanston, westbound, was also closed for a period of time. Fire and ambulance crews from the Valley responded to a call around 9 a.m. Tuesday. No other information was known at press time.
The closure filled the state’s parking lot on I-80 just west of Fort Bridger. The overflow trailed back east along the Interstate.
Wyoming's snowpack is off to a good start in most areas of the state.
Lee Hackleman of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says early October snowstorms will be beneficial to next spring's runoff.
The agency says the statewide snowpack is more than 200 percent of median for this time of year.
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