Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Thursday - 02 February 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Grant Village||29||6||20||3||43||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|Lake||29||11||21||2||36||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|Old Faithful||35||7||22||1||31||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Snake River||33||4||27||4||62||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|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...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Tonight...Partly cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening...then slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows 5°F to 11°F. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 4°F to 10°F.
Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 5°F to 11°F.
Sunday...Sunny. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 2°F to 10°F.
Monday...Sunny. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 5°F to 11°F.
Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
Tuesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 6°F to 14°F.
Wednesday...Mostly sunny. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||83||Parker Peak||58|
|Blackwater||60||Snake River Station||50|
|Evening Star||74||Sylvan Road||36|
|Fisher Creek||87||Thumb Divide||44|
|Grassy Lake||77||Two Ocean Plateau||84|
|Lewis Lake Divide||73||West Yellowstone||30|
|Madison Plateau||53||Whiskey Creek||41|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 02 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Overnight 3 to 4 inches of dense snow fell in the Bridger Range while all other areas received 2 to 4 inches of less dense snow. Fortunately winds calmed as snowfall began last night and were blowing 10-15 mph from the North-northwest this morning with temperatures in the high teens to low 20s Fahrenheit. Lingering snowfall will deposit another 1 to 2 inches today. Northerly winds will increase to 10-20 mph and will keep temperatures from climbing more than a few degrees.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the mountains around Cooke City:
Teaching an advanced avalanche class last night, I stressed that we must always stick to the basics no matter how much we learn about avalanches. Sticking to the basics means never ignoring recent avalanche activity and other obvious signs of instability. Near Daisy Pass outside Cooke City, a snowmobiler triggered a small slide on Tuesday. It was 2 feet deep, 70 feet wide, and 120 feet long. On the same day near the Bacon Rind drainage in the southern Madison Range, Doug and Karl experienced large collapses and shooting cracks. Recent storms have kept the snowpack in these areas near its breaking point.
Near Cooke City, the primary weak layer on which avalanches have occurred is buried 2 to 3 feet deep. Near West Yellowstone, the primary weak layer is buried about 1 to 1.5 feet deep. Today dangerous avalanche conditions exist, human triggered avalanches are likely, and the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE.
The Bridger Range and northern Madison Range:
Yesterday, Doug and his partners skied on Saddle Peak in the Bridger Range. They found a snowpack containing all the ingredients for an avalanche. What has been missing most of the season is the stress of new snow. Overnight this area received 3 to 4 inches of dense snow (0.4 to 0.5 inches of SWE). Is this snowfall enough to make the snowpack unstable? Probably not, but it's hard to tell. Pay close attention for any cracking or collapsing, dig several snowpits, and chose a conservative line today. The danger could rise if more than a few inches fall or winds increase.
Near Big Sky the snowpack contains plenty of weak snow. On Tuesday, my partner and I rode on Buck Ridge and found avalanches from last weekend on heavily wind loaded slopes. I was able to trigger one last week that broke on facets at the ground, and yesterday the Big Sky Ski Patrol triggered one in an area with a thin snowpack and a wind load. Slopes with this combination are not widespread but do exist on certain terrain features. Today with human triggered avalanches possible, the Avalanche Danger is MODERATE.
The northern Gallatin Range:
The northern Gallatin Range especially the Hyalite Canyon area has received more consistent snowfall throughout this season. This snowfall has been just enough to build a snowpack lacking widespread weak layers. Unfortunately this area has not escaped recent strong winds which have scoured many slopes and formed hard wind slabs on others. Although triggering one of these wind slabs is not likely, they are the primary avalanche problem. Today, slopes with a wind load or slopes steeper than 35 degrees have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger. Slopes less than 35 degrees without a wind load 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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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