Whiteout Conditions Close NY State Route 73 Through The Cascades Thursday Night

As reported in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, “the Keene and Lake Placid volunteer fire departments closed NY State Route 73 for more than two hours Thursday evening due to whiteout conditions.

The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded at 8:12 p.m. with one truck and 15 members and closed the road at North Country School, and the Keene Volunteer Fire Department closed the road in Keene at the intersection of routes 73 and 9N. A tractor-trailer and several cars were removed from the roadway; volunteers said they were either stuck in the ditch on the side of the road or couldn’t travel any further because of the snowy conditions. Nobody was injured and the road was opened at 10:30 p.m.”
The road closure last night is an example of why I have and recommend a healthy respect for that gorgeous stretch of route 73 that winds steeply down, cutting and winding between Adirondack climbing cliffs and the two Cascade Lakes. A common Adirondack comment concerning that section of highway is, “Ah, yes, the Cascades. They have a weather pattern all their own.”


  1. Jess

    We came through the Cascades on our way back from Lake Placid about 15 minutes before they closed the road. It was BAD! Dave even asked at the Pub if they thought that section would be ok. We got the standard response, "Yeah, you'll be fine – just go slow." Ha. Thankfully we made it without incident, but it made quite an impression.

  2. Joann

    I am glad you and Dave made it home safely Jessica. I did mention it, but there is nothing like personal experience to make the point!

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