Late snows make backroads inaccessible

If you're itching to get out in the Payette National Forest as the weather warms up, U.S. Forest Service officials warn to check out road conditions first.

Forest officials say call local district offices for updates.

In the Weiser Ranger District, many roads that normally open on the first of May are expected to remain closed for a little longer. Roads in the Council Ranger District that normally open on the May 15 might also be opened later than normal depending on weather and temperature.

The Forest Service opens roads as road surface conditions become stable enough for vehicle traffic.

"We did experience a late string of storms across the district that has led to many roads still being too wet to open," said ranger Greg Lesch. “It’s best to call one of our offices to get the latest information.”

Roads in the New Meadows, McCall and Krassel ranger districts are higher in elevation and tend to stay closed a little longer than roads in the lower elevations.

For more information, call: Council RD, 253-0100; Krassel RD, 634-0974; McCall RD, 634-0400; New Meadows RD, 347-0300; and Weiser RD, 549-4200