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Winter weather wreaks havoc

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

A school bus with Sublette County School District No. 1 prepares to get pulled out of the deep snow by a district vehicle Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Onyx Street and Shanley Avenue in Pinedale. - Dave Vlcek courtesy photo

Snow day called in Pinedale for first time in more than three decades

PINEDALE – Snowy winter weather has been the talk of the town this week after a large storm system pushed through the area Sunday through Tuesday, forcing road and school closures as snow, mixed with extreme wind gusts, took a toll on Pinedale.

It has been one heck of a winter this year, and locals say this is the snowiest they’ve seen in quite some time.

Out at the One Lunger 100 snowmobile race at Sagebrush Downs last Saturday, race director Mike Carrillo said they didn’t have to worry one bit this year about snow levels in preparation of setting up the race track for the 17th annual event.

“This is the most snow I’ve seen out here since we started the race,” he said.

Snow levels are high in town limits for the first time in a long time, allowing local ski trail groomer Mike Looney to use his large PistenBully groomer along the CCC Pond Nordic trail system. In previous years, this stretch of trails has been groomed through the use of a snowmobile pulling a small groomer behind it due to much lower snow depths than up at Kelly Park and Upper Surveyor Park near White Pine Ski Area.

“This is the first year in the last three years we’ve had enough snow to use (the PistenBully) down here,” Looney said. “It’s been great.”

Pinedale has seen consistent snowfall since the initial “dump” of 14 inches back on Oct. 17. October brought 22 inches of snow to town, while November saw 13.5 inches of the white stuff. In December, 28 inches of snow fell in town limits, while January brought in 44 inches of additional powder. If nothing melted since October, Pinedale would have more than nine feet of snow piled up on the ground. As of Feb. 1, the town had 25 inches on the ground in total, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Trevor Lavoie.

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