Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Monday - December 20, 2010
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Snow Depth||BC||OC||SC||Present Conditions|
|Grant Village||26||-5||15||8||47||X||Gusts up to 25mph|
|Snake River||30||-1||21||7||40||X||Winds 15-20mph|
|West Entrance||29||14||14||5.5||31||X||Gusty winds|
Avalanche Information (12-19-2010)
The northern Madison Range, the mountains around Cooke City and the Washburn Range: The combination of new snow and wind has likely pushed the snowpack in these areas to its breaking point. Human triggered avalanches will be very likely on all wind loaded slopes and the avalanche danger is rated HIGH. A CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists on all slopes that have not received wind loading.
The southern Gallatin and Madison Ranges and the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone: Today wind loaded slopes are the main avalanche concern, but triggering a deeper slab is still possible. Layers of buried surface hoar and small grained facets do exist 1-2 feet below the surface, warranting careful snowpack evaluation and cautious route finding. Today human triggered avalanches are likely on wind loaded slopes and the avalanche danger is rated CONSIDERABLE. All slopes that are void of wind loading have a MODERATE avalanche danger.
Yellowstone National Park Weather Forecast on 20 December 2010 by the NWS Riverton, WY
Rest Of Today: Windy. Areas of blowing snow through the day. Snow early in the morning. Snow likely late in the morning...then chance of snow in the afternoon. New snow accumulation around 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 2 to 4 inches. Highs 20°F to 26°F. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.
Tonight: Breezy. Mostly cloudy. Areas of blowing snow in the evening. Slight chance of snow in the evening...then chance of snow after midnight. Lows 6°F to 12°F. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy freezing fog in the morning. A 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 21°F to 27°F. South winds around 15 mph early in the morning.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Chance of snow after midnight. Lows 9°F to 15°F. Southeast winds around 15 mph after midnight. Chance of snow 40 percent.
Wednesday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F. South winds around 15 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Near steady temperature in the mid 20s.
Thursday: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Thursday Night: Colder. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 8°F to 14°F.
Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows 9°F to 15°F.
Christmas Day: Partly cloudy. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 14°F to 20°F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
******** FOR CURRENT ROAD INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 307-344-2117********
Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
|ROAD||DATE OPEN||Admin||Conditions||Public Access|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||STR||STR||STR|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||STR||STR||STR|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||STR||STR||STR|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Yes||Fair||Oversnow|
|Grant to South Entrance||Open||Yes||Poor||Oversnow|
|Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy||CLOSED||No||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Lake to East Entrance||12/22||No||Poor||None|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Yes||Fair||Oversnow|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
|Norris to Madison||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
|Old Faithful to Grant||Open||Yes||Good||Oversnow|
YR = Year Round ⁄ NR = No Restrictions ⁄ STA = Snow Tires Advised ⁄ STR = Snow Tires Required
* NOTE: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
# Poor road conditions - bare spots and melting snow - Restricted to Snowcoaches Only.
The park service plowing schedule for roads for the spring season.
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