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Looking west toward Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park.

Another harbinger of Montana winter arrived on Tuesday, when Glacier National Park closed Going-to-the-Sun Road’s Logan Pass stretch for the season.

It had been shut to traffic since a September 29 snowstorm. According to a Tuesday press release, park staff have since reopened several of the the affected roads, but Two Medicine Road remained closed due to significant snow, and “crews were also unable to reopen the alpine section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road due to significant ice and ongoing freezing temperatures.”

While tourists can no longer complete the iconic drive, maintenance workers are still waiting for conditions to improve so that they can remove 463 log guardrails, keeping them from getting knocked out by avalanches during the winter.

October closures are typical for the road’s alpine section.

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