Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Wednesday - 01 February 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Madison||29||10||10||0||21||OC||Calm / Foggy|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
|Canyon to Tower||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Firehole Canyon Drive||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Grant to South Entrance||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Lake to East Entrance||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Madison||Open||Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Old Faithful to Grant||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
YR = Open Year Round / NR = No Restrictions
* NOTE: CLOSED FOR THE WINTER 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 ********
Dangerous avalanche conditions may already exist in many back country areas, please call the Recorded Avalanche Advisory 406-587-6981 for the most current conditions.
Caution advised for snow falling off of building roofs. Park accordingly.
* * Be prepared for bitter cold (sub-zero) temperatures (some of the temperatures below DO NOT have the Wind Chill factored in). See NWS Weather Forecast below for detailed information. * *
by the National Weather Service Riverton, Wyoming
Today...Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning...then chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 24°F to 30°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Tonight...Snow in the evening...then snow likely after midnight. Snow accumulation around 2 inches. Lows 11°F to 17°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph early in the evening. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning...then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 23°F to 29°F. Chance of snow 50 percent.
Thursday Night...Colder. Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Isolated snow showers. Lows 4°F to 10°F. Chance of snow 20 percent.
Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs 21°F to 27°F.
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 5°F to 11°F.
Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Saturday Night...Clear. Lows 1°F to 9°F.
Sunday...Sunny. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 6°F to 12°F.
Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs 28°F to 34°F.
Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 9°F to 15°F.
Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||82||Parker Peak||58|
|Blackwater||61||Snake River Station||52|
|Evening Star||75||Sylvan Road||37|
|Fisher Creek||87||Thumb Divide||44|
|Grassy Lake||77||Two Ocean Plateau||85|
|Lewis Lake Divide||72||West Yellowstone||30|
|Madison Plateau||53||Whiskey Creek||40|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 01 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Doug Chabot. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Late yesterday most mountain locations picked up 1 to 2 inches, although West Yellowstone and the northern Gallatin Range were missed. Temperatures are near 10 degrees Fahrenheit this morning after reaching the mid 20's Fahrenheit yesterday and winds are west to southwest at 15-25 mph. Today will become progressively cloudy as a weather disturbance moves in from the coast. By tonight winds will be light, but shift west to north. By tomorrow morning I expect 1 to 2 inches in the northern mountains and 2 to 4 inches in the southern ranges.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the mountains around Cooke City:
The mountains around Cooke City, as well as the other southern ranges, have dangerous avalanche conditions. Outside Cooke City a layer of weak, faceted snow is buried 2 to 3 feet deep on many slopes. I found this last week on south facing slopes, like Scotch Bonnet, where this layer formed on an ice crust. On other aspects it's not as widespread, but wherever it exists you'll likely trigger avalanches. Natural avalanches this weekend and a small snowmobiler triggered slide near Daisy Pass yesterday, illustrate the instability. The slide was reported 70 feet wide, 2 feet deep, and 120 feet long.
I toured with my partners into Bacon Rind in the southern Madison Range yesterday. I was expecting to find unstable snow and was not disappointed. Large collapses and shooting cracks made stability assessment easy; it was poor. The snowpack here is only three feet deep with over half of it made up of weak, sugary facets, which are not getting stronger or more supportable. I sunk to the ground every time I stepped out of my skis. A layer of feathery surface hoar buried a foot deep is consistently collapsing and propagating fractures. We dug into one of these cracks and did a few stability tests, further confirming its touchy conditions. For today, the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE on all slopes.
The Bridger Range and northern Madison Range:
Mark snowmobiled into Buck Ridge south of Big Sky yesterday. He saw a large crown line on a northeast facing slope that released a few days ago from wind-loading. He rode miles, dug six pits and surmised that although there is plenty of weak snow (depth hoar and facets), slopes with a big enough wind-load to avalanche are isolated. In the Bridger Range a weak, faceted, thin snowpack abounds. A few slopes have thicker slabs of windblown snow capping these facets and should be avoided. Given the weak snow structure, it's still possible to trigger an avalanche today and the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE on all slopes.
The northern Gallatin Range:
The northern Gallatin Range is not plagued by widespread layers of faceted snow. Eric was in Hyalite yesterday and found dense powder in protected areas and variable wind affected snow at higher elevations. Slopes with a recent wind-load are suspect as are steeper slopes, especially those with a thinner, weaker snowpack like Mount Ellis or Wheeler. For today, the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE on any wind-loaded slope and also on any slope steeper than 35 degrees. All other slopes have a LOW Avalanche Danger.
The next advisory tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. If you have any snowpack or avalanche observations, drop us a line at email@example.com or call us at: 406-587-6984.
The Friends of the Avalanche Center installed a Beacon Training Park outside West Yellowstone. It's located south of town on the main snowmobile trail. Stop by and do a quick practice before heading off into the mountains!
EDUCATION, EVENTS, PHOTOS, SNOWPITS, and VIDEOS
February 4: Poker Run
The Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association is sponsoring their annual Buck Ridge Poker Ride this Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the GNFAC. Registration is at 9 a.m. in the Buck Ridge parking lot. More info at www.gvsa.net.
February 8: 4th Annual Montana Ale Works Wine Dinner
Come join us for a wonderful, social evening at Montana Ale Works. Menu and ticket information is here: http://bit.ly/wEg01j.
10th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge
The 10th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge Hike/Ski-a-thon fundraiser is Saturday, Feb 11th. The event supports avalanche education in southwest Montana. Collect pledges for one, two or the most Ridge hikes you can do in the five hours of competition. 100% of the proceeds go to the Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Kids and families are encouraged to hike too! More Information / Registration Form.
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Information provided by Doug Chabot, Mark Staples, and Eric Knoff from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. For Events and Education, or Photos and Videos, please visit the Avalanche Centers Website!
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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