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Rain, fog, chilly temps catch Glacier visitors off guard

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 07:13:01 PM MDT
WEST GLACIER, Mont. -

A flood advisory for Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park may have been lifted Friday morning, but the rainy weather brought a lot of rock debris and low visibility along the alpine sections of the road. Thankfully most visitors were prepared, but some weren't so lucky.

Vincent Iandimarino and his family got caught in the rain at Logan Pass in shorts.

"We didn't realize it'd be raining this hard," said Vincent.

Other Glacier goers, like Sophia and Lee Lee Bishop tell NBC Montana the park prepared them ahead of time for Friday's weather.

"When we picked up our backcountry permit the rangers at the station actually gave us the full weather report and told us that there was a severe weather advisory," Sophia explained.

Park officials say dispatchers listen for first alert National Weather Service bulletins. Should something pop up, they notify park entrances, visitor centers, and rangers who then advise the public of what's going on.

"There are signs posted all around the campgrounds and up here, too," said Sophia.

Glacier also posts alerts on social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. But if you forget to check the internet, the Bishops said your best bet is to pack a bag and layer up because the mountain weather can be finicky.

"Really just listen to the warnings they give you even in the shuttles. You need to dress in layers, need to have rain gear. Need to be prepared for every situation," Lee Lee said, "It was hot, sunny, and clear yesterday now it's this. Just got to make sure you pack everything."