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Early snow closes portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road

Published On: Sep 25 2013 05:52:51 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2013 06:42:14 PM MDT

Glacier National Park is getting hit with a storm - snow in the higher elevations prompted road crews to close access to Logan Pass on the west side of the park Wednesday.

Kathy Hudson got quite the surprise when she took a trip to Glacier.

"We thought we'd come up here, we expected we'd see a sunny day," said Hudson, who was visiting from Australia. "This is absolutely amazing. We didn't expect to see snow."

Besides the early snow flurries, patchy fog and colder temperatures, we noticed cars driving up the Going-to-the-Sun Road had to turn around at Big Bend. Road crews limited access to Logan Pass to hikers and bikers due to snowfall. It drew mixed reactions from Hudson and her son, Bill Woodford, who took his family to see Glacier for the first time.

"It's a bit disappointing but not a big deal," Woodford said.

"Well its wonderful to be here but I would have loved to get to the top. I was disappointed to find out we couldn't go all the way through the park," explained Hudson.

Hudson and Woodford kept the family busy at Big Bend, though. They entertained themselves with the occasional snowball fight and family photos.

"I'm excited for the winter already so I'm still happy for a bit more summer so hopefully it clears up a little bit more," said Woodford.

Park officials tell NBC Montana the closure is temporary. If weather improves, crews will reopen the gate and allow drivers the chance to see Logan Pass before an even bigger storm closes the road for the winter.