WHATCOM — The upper end of the Mount Baker Highway to the Artist Point parking lot is now closed for the winter. 

Because snow and icy conditions were forecast, crews of the Washington State Department of Transportation made the closure of the 2.7 miles of steep and curvy roadway on Monday, Oct. 7.

A portion of the high road will become part of Mt. Baker Ski Area’s snow sport terrain, once enough accumulation of snow has fallen.