By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Warm temps delay winter season


December 14, 2023

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Contributed

Montana snowpack levels as of Dec. 11.

Seeley Lake and much of western Montana have seen a decent amount of moisture, but temperatures have stayed well above average to limit snowpack and delay some winter activities.

Winter road closures in the Seeley Lake Ranger District have been pushed back a week, the Lolo National Forest announced on Dec. 5. The transition to winterized roads will start on Dec. 11 and is expected to be finished by Dec. 15 - one week later than planned.

"Winter has arrived on the Seeley Lake Ranger District," the release said. "Seasonal roads that were previously open to wheeled-vehicles will either be cl...

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