After summer like temperatures during March, April saw a return to winter on Mt. Washington with 34” of snow and temperatures averaging well below freezing.
The Auto Road typically opens in early to mid May. Our Road Crew has been working non stop over the last three weeks trying to make that happen. This involves chained vehicles and equipment plowing, grading, ice drilling and rebuilding. State Parks and The Mt. Washington Observatory snowcats have been aiding us with removal of new snow that has fallen almost nightly.
Keep in mind that opening the road is mostly being done in severe weather such as snow, ice, heavy winds and freezing temperatures on the side of a mountain. Safety is always a concern and sometimes the Crew is brought back to the base if the weather becomes too dangerous.
Stay tuned for another update early next week. The Auto Road will open to treeline at 4200’ (2/3 of the way up) soon and to the summit once the Road above treeline is safe to travel on – and oh yeah once the weather decides to cooperate!