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Yellowstone starts opening park roads Friday morning

Apr 19, 2017 - From wire reports

The park closes about 320 miles of road over the winter and plows them open once weather permits in the spring.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Yellowstone National Park on Friday will begin opening select roads that had been closed over the winter within the park.

Roads opening at 8 a.m. Friday include Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris, Norris to Madison, Madison to Old Faithful, Madison to the West Entrance and Norris to Canyon Village.

Road construction also is resuming between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris, with delays up to 30 minutes.

Yellowstone closes about 320 miles of road over the winter and plows them open in the spring. Snowmobile traffic is permitted on many of the closed roads during the winter in a limited visitation season.

Snowpack was heavy throughout the park over the winter. Park officials noted that roads could be closed temporarily again is spring snowstorms arrive.

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