Avalanche covers Highway 75

Warm, wet conditions contributed to a slide north of Ketchum on Wednesday afternoon. Express photo by Roland Lane.

Warm, wet conditions contributed to a slide north of Ketchum on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

 

 

A small avalanche partially blocked state Highway 75 and caused delays near Lake Creek Drive north of Ketchum Wednesday afternoon, according to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

No injuries were reported, and crews from the Idaho Department of Transportation cleared the road in about an hour, according to Blaine County Patrol Captain Curtis Miller.

The slide was about 30 feet long and up to three-and-a-half-feet deep, Miller said.

Avalanche danger is "considerable" at lower elevations in the Wood River Valley, according to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center’s Thursday forecast.

"Above freezing temps, wet snowfall and valley rain are causing a soggy snowpack at low and middle elevations," forecasters wrote. "If you’re sinking to your boot tops in slushy snow, stay off of steep slopes.

"Remember that even small, wet slides can have big consequences if they knock you off your feet or bury you in a gully."

 

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