A heavy dose of fall snow has temporarily closed several roads at Crater Lake National Park.
Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe said 8 inches of snow fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, resulting in the temporary closure of East and West Rim Drive, the North Entrance Road and the Pinnacles Road. Key park roads remain open, including Highway 62, the South Entrance at Annie Creek and the road to the Rim Village.
“We have a lot of snow,” McCabe said Wednesday. “It looks like a typical winter day up here.”
She said park officials expect the roads will reopen because mostly sunny weather is forecast today through Saturday, with high temperatures warming to the mid-40s Friday and mid-50s Saturday. More storms are possible Sunday, but rain, not snow, is forecast.
The 8 inches upped the park's year snow total, which is measured Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, to 363 inches, which is 70 percent of the 524 inches received in an average 12-month period.
For updated information call the park at 541-594-3100 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/crla.