Avalanche closes US 26/89 between Alpine and Hoback Jct.

RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 4:05 p.m.:  US 26/89 between Alpine and Hoback Jct. is closed for an avalanche.  The road is estimated to open after 7 p.m.   

Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesperson Stephanie Harsha said there are multiple snow slides in the canyon.  One of the slides caught a boom truck in the Astoria area around 3 p.m.  No one has been hurt. 

WYDOT is using rotary plows to remove the snow.  



The Idaho Transportation Department has announced that Idaho 32, Idaho 33, Idaho 47 and U.S. 20/26/93 are closed because of weather conditions.

Idaho 32 is closed between Tetonia and Ashton (mileposts 0-28). The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) estimates the road will reopen tomorrow morning.

Idaho 33 is closed between Newdale and Tetonia (mileposts 107-131). ITD estimates the road will reopen as soon as 4 p.m. today, depending on weather conditions and maintenance operations.

Idaho 47 is closed between Ashton and Bear Gulch (mileposts 1 and 13). Estimates are for the road to reopen sometime tomorrow morning.

U.S. 20/26/93 is closed between the Blaine-Butte county line and Arco (mileposts 222-248). Crews hope to reopen the route sometime this evening, assuming winds subside and workers can clear blockages.

U.S. 20/26 between Arco and Idaho Falls is snow- or ice-covered in many areas. Drifting snow suspended the 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. shuttles of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) bus service on U.S. 20/26 between the railroad crossing east of Butte City and the junction of U.S. 20 and U.S. 26 at the INL puzzle (mileposts 268-273). Full bus service has resumed.

Drivers are advised to avoid unnecessary travel on storm-affected highways in Idaho. When travel is necessary, motorists should slow down to meet conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.

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