Campgrounds and roads in the western part of Olympic National Park will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 12, because of incoming inclement weather, park officials announced on Jan. 11.
“According to reports from the National Weather Service, storm activity in Western Washington and along the Olympic Coast will increase on Thursday and is likely to continue through Sunday, Jan. 15,” park officials noted.
Weather forecasts indicate that on on Jan. 12 coastal areas will experience high surf, creating dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, park officials said. Other areas of Western Washington may experience river flooding. Gusty winds and rain will make their way through lowland and coastal areas.
The following campgrounds will be closed; they are expected to reopen once park staff determine that conditions are safe for visitor use:
• Quinault Campground
• Queets Campground
• Kalaloch Campground
• Mora Campground
Visitors currently camped at these locations will be offered available space at alternative park campgrounds that remain open, park officials said.
The following roads will be closed beginning on Jan. 12 because of potential flooding or high winds, which may bring trees down in these areas. (They are expected to reopen once park staff determine that conditions are safe for visitor use, according to park officials).
• Upper and Lower Queets Roads
• Graves Creek Road
• North Fork Quinault Road
• Mora Road beyond the Mora Ranger Station
For more information about visiting the park and current conditions, visit nps.gov/olym or call 360-565-3131.