Barring unforeseen circumstances, Mount Rainier National Park is projected to reopen by late Thursday morning.
With Congress reaching agreement to fund federal government operations Wednesday night, park staffers are expected to return to work Thursday.
Chief ranger Chuck Young said it would take some time to make sure roads are safe for visitors. He said the entrance gates to the nation’s fifth national park could be open by 11 a.m.
Visitors should expect to be able to drive to places such as Paradise, but there will be little or no services immediately. He said it would take some time before Mount Rainier Guest Services would have the National Park Inn fully operational after being shut for more than two weeks.