Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Sunday - January 30, 2011
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Canyon||33||12||18||.5||42||OC||Calm / lite snow|
|East Entrance||43||14||22||T||36||OC||Calm / lite snow|
|Lamar||36||10||28||0||28||OC||Calm / lite snow|
|Old Faithful||35||14||23||0||29||OC||S@3.3mph / gust 6.5mph|
|Tower||37||13||29||0||27||OC||NNE@1.9mph / gust 3.3mph|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Fair||STR|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Fair||STR|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Fair||STR|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Firehole Canyon Drive||Open||-||Oversnow - Snowcoaches only in the morning|
|Grant to South Entrance||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Lake to East Entrance||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Fair||Oversnow|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||Fair||Oversnow|
|Norris to Madison||Open||Good||Oversnow|
|Old Faithful to Grant||Open||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.
******** FOR CURRENT ROAD INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 307-344-2117 ********
by the National Weather Service Riverton, WY
Rest Of Today...Snow likely. New snow accumulation around 1 inch. Highs 27°F to 33°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Tonight...Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Lows 6°F to 12°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Monday...Colder. Snow likely in the morning...then chance of snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 3 to 4 inches. Highs 6°F to 12°F. North winds around 15 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Monday Night...Much colder. Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow. Lows -13°F to -21°F. Northeast winds around 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings -31°F to -41°F in the late evening and overnight.
Tuesday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs -3°F to 3°F. Northeast winds around 15 mph in the morning. Lowest wind chill readings -32°F to -42°F early in the morning.
Tuesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows -11°F to -17°F. Wind chill readings -26°F to -36°F.
Wednesday...Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 15°F to 21°F. Lowest wind chill readings -21°F to -31°F in the morning.
Wednesday Night...Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Lows -3°F to 3°F.
Thursday...Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 6°F to 12°F.
Friday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 10°F to 16°F.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||87||Parker Peak||76|
|Blackwater||58||Snake River Station||34|
|Evening Star||75||Sylvan Road||40|
|Fisher Creek||83||Thumb Divide||46|
|Grassy Lake||77||Two Ocean Plateau||68|
|Lewis Lake Divide||72||West Yellowstone||35|
|Madison Plateau||57||Whiskey Creek||47|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - January 30, 2011 - this report is by Eric Knoff
Cooler temperatures have started to move into southwest Montana, but they have forgotten the snow. Currently, mountain temperatures are ranging from the mid teens to low 20s and winds are blowing out of the West-South-West at 10-20 mph. An approaching cold front will enter our area by early afternoon, dropping temperatures significantly through the later part of the day. Snow will likely arrive with this front, delivering 3-5 inches to the mountains by tomorrow morning. Temperatures will plummet well below zero tonight and will struggle to reach double digits above zero tomorrow.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City and the Washburn Range:
Warm and dry conditions over the past few days have helped stabilize the snowpack on most slopes. Yesterday, I nearly forgot what month it was when I was hiking around the Bridger Range in a light fleece top; it felt far more like April than January. Although weak and unstable snow can be found in a few scattered areas, this is the exception to the rule.
The avalanche activity over the past week, however, has provided a reminder that even amidst generally stable conditions surprising avalanche events can still occur. Slides in the Bridger and Madison ranges have provided valuable information about the specific instabilities that the snowpack still holds. Recent avalanches have not been confined to specific aspects or elevations and they have shared a similar theme - weak, faceted snow near the ground fighting to support heavy loads. Today, the main area of concern is high elevation alpine terrain, where stiff wind slabs could be sitting on weak, faceted snow, which may be sensitive to the weight of a skier or rider. Although recent slides have not been propagating over wide areas, meaning the weak layer is not widespread, they have been running long distances, making them quite dangerous. If you are seeking adventure in alpine terrain, use extra caution on steep slopes that have been previously wind affected.
A secondary concern is weak snow forming on the surface. An observer in Cooke City has found a large crop of surface hoar growing on most aspects and elevations. He also mentioned a facet-crust combination forming on South-South-East facing slopes. Although we have not received numerous reports about growing surface hoar, I would not be surprised if this pesky layer becomes an increasing problem over the next week. If new snow does arrive, pay close attention to wind loaded slopes and slopes steeper than 35 degrees.
Today, the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE on wind loaded slopes steeper than 35 degrees. All other slopes have a LOW Avalanche Danger.
West Yellowstone: Beacon Park Operational
Skiing or riding near West Yellowstone? Test your beacon skills at a beacon park near the old airport where you can search for pre-placed beacons switched on/off by a control panel. Look for it by orange snow fence and signage just south of the snow cross track.
9th ANNUAL KING AND QUEEN OF THE RIDGE
The 9th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge will be held at Bridger Bowl on Saturday, February 12. ALL proceeds go to the Friends of the Avalanche Center who use the money to promote avalanche education in southwest Montana. Last winter we taught 64 classes reaching over 4,900 people. You can help raise money to continue this education in 2 ways:
1). Get pledges and hike the ridge. You don't have to do 20 laps – you can get flat pledges and hike just once! Or you can test your mettle and try and break John Yarington's record of 29 laps in 5 hours.
2). Sponsor someone. If you don't have someone to sponsor, consider sponsoring the GNFAC since we'll be hiking for dollars. Click Here for more information and registration forms.
If you have any snowpack or avalanche observations, drop them a line at email@example.com or call: 406-587-6984.
For detailed Avalanche Terms utilized here, please see the Avalanche Glossary.
Information provided by Yellowstone National Park, National Weather Service and Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
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