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In a sign of summer, Yellowstone's east gate set to open Friday


CODY, Wyoming — The east gate of Yellowstone National Park will open at 8 a.m. Friday, a sign of the approaching summer and an unofficial holiday for the nearby town of Cody.

The Cody Enterprise reports ( ) that traffic picks up immediately when the gate opens and an influx of tourists begin passing through the town.

Yellowstone attracts 3.5 million visitors annually.

Park spokeswoman Traci Weaver said Yellowstone schedules are always weather permitting and inclement weather could delay the gate opening.

Snow has been cleared from most of the park's roads, with berms in some areas. Ranger supervisor Brad Ross said they park is seeing a lower amount of snow than usual this year.

Ross said many of the opening day visitors are from Cody and the surrounding area.

Information from: The Cody Enterprise,

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