Glacier National Park continues to plow large snowpack

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A big snowpack means tough work for Glacier National Park plow crews clearing Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The road is sunny and looks ready for summer on the parts already plowed. But it is still winter-like weather where the plow crews are currently working.

The park posted a video on its Facebook page last week of plows clearing snow along the road. The pictures show just how much is still left.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley told NBC Montana some areas are worse than others.

Recent pictures of the park show buried bathrooms at Two Medicine and a picture of Many Glacier campsite covered in snow.

Alley said lots of snow means those campsites will probably open later than usual.

"Crews are actually working on potentially shoveling out by hand some of those campsites," Alley said.

She said the plows would tear up the ground on the site because it is gravel.

Vehicles are allowed to drive to Lake McDonald Lodge, but bikers and hikers can take on the rest of the plowed part of the road.

On the west side, plow crews are currently at the Weeping Wall.

Alley said the spring weather is what decides when the whole road opens.

"If you get days, you know, that are really melting out and contributing to avalanche danger, that's a little bit tough for plowing activity, right, but some slow, nice, steady melt is helpful, because it helps the snow depth on the road and helps them get through that," Alley told NBC Montana.

The plow team has their own avalanche spotters that help decide when it can be too dangerous to continue that day.

You can click here to see what is open in the park. We will keep you updated on the plowing progress.

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