Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Sunday - March 06, 2011
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Good||STR|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Good||STR|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Fair||STR|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Fair||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||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Fair||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
Today...Snow. Snow accumulation around 3 inches. Highs 27°F to 33°F. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Tonight...Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Lows 7°F to 13°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Monday...Cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning...then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 7 to 9 inches. Highs 26°F to 32°F. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Monday Night...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows 1°F to 7°F.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 21°F to 27°F.
Tuesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 8°F to 14°F.
Wednesday...Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 13°F to 19°F.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning... Then slight chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs 32°F to 38°F. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Thursday Night...Breezy. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 14°F to 20°F.
Friday...Snow likely. Highs 25°F to 31°F. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 10°F to 16°F.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||110||Parker Peak||88|
|Blackwater||68||Snake River Station||-|
|Evening Star||89||Sylvan Road||48|
|Fisher Creek||109||Thumb Divide||59|
|Grassy Lake||102||Two Ocean Plateau||-|
|Lewis Lake Divide||98||West Yellowstone||47|
|Madison Plateau||75||Whiskey Creek||59|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - March 06, 2011 - this report is by Eric Knoff. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Over 18 inches of new snow has fallen in the mountains around Cooke City since yesterday morning. The rest of our advisory area has picked up 5 to 7 inches. This morning mountains temperatures are ranging from the mid teens to low 20s Fahrenheit and winds are light out of the Westsouthwest at 5-15 mph. Today temperatures won't get much warmer and winds will stay light out of the Westsouthwest. Another weak weather disturbance will move in by early afternoon producing light snow showers throughout southwest Montana. An additional 2 to 4 inches will fall around Cooke City and West Yellowstone while 1 to 2 inches will fall in the mountains around Big Sky and Bozeman.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The mountains around Cooke City and the Washburn Range:
Can you say POWDER! Since yesterday morning the mountains around Cooke City have received over 18 inches of low density snow. In most cases 18 inches of new snow equals well over an inch of water (SWE), but currently the Fisher Creek Snotel site is only recording .5 inches of SWE in the past 24 hours. This translates to cold smoke powder. A skier in Cooke City confirmed this saying yesterday was by far the deepest day of the season.
Fortunately .5 inches of SWE is not an overbearing load for the snowpack to support. Another positive factor is this storm came in with very little wind keeping slab development minimal. This means avalanche activity will likely stay confined to the new snow. However, 18 plus inches is a tremendous amount of snow no matter how you measure it. Slopes steeper than 35 degrees and any slope that has been affected by the wind will likely produce human triggered avalanches. In deep conditions like these staying out from avalanche run out zones and avoiding terrain traps such as gullies and creek beds is advised.
Today, human triggered avalanches are likely on wind loaded slopes and slopes steeper than 35 degrees where the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE. Less steep slopes without a wind load have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
The Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, and the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone:
A generally stable snowpack in the mountains around Bozeman, Big Sky and West Yellowstone will have little trouble supporting the 5 to 7 inches of new snow that fell over the past 24 hours. The main avalanche concern will be the new/old snow interface. On south facing slopes a slight crust will provide a smooth surface for the new snow to slide on. The Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol found south facing slopes to be reactive to ski cuts yesterday afternoon. Both the Big Sky and Moonlight Basin Ski Patrols also found the new snow to be reactive to ski cuts. Testing steep slopes before you commit will help determine the sensitivity of the new snow.
A lack of reactive weak layers means there is little in the way avalanche activity outside of the new snow issues. Yesterday I skied Saddle Peak and found nothing but dense-stable snow in my snowpits. Mark also found stable conditions in the Taylor Fork on Friday. However, there remains a slight possibility of triggering a hard wind slab. Old wind slabs of varying stiffness may be perched over softer snow below. These older slabs will be difficult to trigger, but will likely result in dangerous avalanches. Likely areas to trigger one of these hard slabs are slopes that have been scoured by the wind and have a shallow snowpack.
Today, human triggered avalanches are possible on wind loaded slopes and slopes steeper than 35 degrees where the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE. Less steep slopes without a wind load have a LOW Avalanche Danger.
PHOTOS, SNOWPITS, VIDEO and SURVEY RESULTS
3. The results from our survey are posted online. Thanks to all who participated. You can check out the results at http://bit.ly/fpLuSi.
In response to our survey we added a new page to the website with images of our snowpit profiles. This page is under the Resources/Other Info tab at http://fsavalanche.org/Encyclopedia/snowpit.htm
If you have any snowpack or avalanche observations, drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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