Tonasket, WA— With this year’s early thaw and warm temperatures, some of the snowmobile gates are opening early on Tonasket Ranger District roads.
Each year the Tonasket Ranger District implements winter road closures to maintain deer winter range and snowmobile routes. Those closures typically expire March 31.
“Many roads are already snow free and a lot of others will likely be free of snow and firmed up by mid-March,” said Matt Marsh, Wildlife Biologist for the Tonasket Ranger District.
US Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor snow levels and road conditions; opening roads and removing barricades as conditions permit.