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Avalanche, Heavy Snowfall Closes Crater Lake National Park


Steel Visitor's Center at Crater Lake National Park covered in snow on Jan. 10, 2017. The park was closed on Tuesday due to heavy snow.

Steel Visitor's Center at Crater Lake National Park covered in snow on Jan. 10, 2017. The park was closed on Tuesday due to heavy snow.

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A massive winter storm has forced officials to temporarily close Crater Lake National Park.

Oregon’s only national park was pounded with heavy snow and high winds during the past few days, resulting in the uncommon closure on Tuesday of what’s often called one of the “snowiest inhabited places in North America.”

Numerous downed trees and a small avalanche prompted state officials to close Highway 62 from the south and west, halting travel on the only plowed roadway leading into the park during winter.

The park could reopen Wednesday, but with another 16 to 26 inches expected, the exact reopening date remains dependent on conditions, officials said in a news release.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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