Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Sunday - 12 February 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Canyon||35||14||19||1||33||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Lake||33||18||19||.5||35||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Madison||33||20||24||2||22||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Mammoth||28||11||21||2.5||8.5||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Old Faithful||41||22||25||.5||28||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Tower||37||16||35||.10||17||OC||NNW@3-6mph / Snowing|
|West Entrance||39||20||27||2.5||33||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||-||Snow Tires Advised|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||-||Snow Tires Advised|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||-||Snow Tires Advised|
|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||-||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||-||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||-||All oversnow vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||-||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||-||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Madison||Open||-||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 with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 28°F to 34°F.
Tonight...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 11°F to 17°F.
Monday...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Monday Night...Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 10°F to 16°F.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Tuesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 7°F to 13°F.
Wednesday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 4°F to 10°F.
Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 6°F to 12°F.
Friday...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows 7°F to 13°F.
Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||80||Parker Peak||61|
|Blackwater||62||Snake River Station||50|
|Evening Star||75||Sylvan Road||39|
|Fisher Creek||80||Thumb Divide||42|
|Grassy Lake||75||Two Ocean Plateau||79|
|Lewis Lake Divide||69||West Yellowstone||30|
|Madison Plateau||50||Whiskey Creek||38|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 12 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Eric Knoff. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Over the past 24 hours 1 to 2 inches of new snow has fallen in the mountains around Cooke City and West Yellowstone. The mountains around Bozeman and Big Sky have remained mostly dry. This morning, temperatures are in the low 20s Fahrenheit under mostly cloudy skies and winds are blowing 5-10 mph out of the West-northwest. Today, temperatures will warm into the high 20s Fahrenheit under mostly cloudy skies and winds will stay light out of the West-northwest. A weak weather disturbance will brush by our area producing a slight chance of mountain snow showers this afternoon.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The mountains around Cooke City:
Cooke City is an incredible place! Over the past few days this area has picked up over a foot of low density snow producing what a reliable source called "my deepest day of powder skiing this winter". This latest round of snow totaled .5 inches of SWE (snow water equivalent) meaning the density of the new snow ranged between 3 to 5%.
Although a foot of new snow sounds like a lot, there are two factors working in our favor. One – this storm came in with very little wind. Two - .5 inches of SWE is not an overbearing load.
Today, avalanches occurring within the new storm snow are the primary concern. Soft slab avalanches over a foot deep will be easy to trigger in steep terrain. It will be possible to trigger new snow avalanches on all aspects and elevations.
A secondary concern is avalanches breaking on a layer of facets buried 4 to 5 deep. While it's becoming more difficult to impact this layer, it's not entirely out of the question. Slopes with a southerly aspect, specifically those in steep rocky terrain will be the most prone to deep slab avalanches.
Today, plenty of fresh snow will make human trigged avalanches likely and the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE.
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone:
The mountains around West Yellowstone have the structural integrity of a house of cards.
This 'house of cards' structure is both deceiving and tricky - in some areas the 'cards' have a stronger load capacity, while in others feeble 'cards' are struggling to support even the most meager of loads.
Although the latest storm did not did not deliver a tremendous amount of weight, it did produce enough to keep the snowpack on edge.
The primary avalanche concern today will be any slope that has received a wind load. The predominant wind direction during this latest storm was out of the west, making slopes on the east half of the compass the most prone to recent wind loading. Fresh wind drifts will likely be resting over a layer of weak near surface facets that formed prior to the storm. This layer will make any wind loaded slope sensitive to the weight of a skier or rider.
A secondary concern is the possibility of triggering a slide on a layer of weak facets near the ground. Although the likelihood of triggering a deep slab avalanche is slowly diminishing, it remains possible. Steep slopes, specifically those with thin rocky margins will be the most prone to larger avalanches.
Today, human triggered avalanches remain likely on all wind loaded slopes where the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE. Non wind loaded slopes have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
The northern Madison Range:
Today's primary avalanche concern for the northern Madison Range will be steep wind loaded slopes. Recently formed wind drifts will likely be resting over a layer of small, sugary facets that formed prior to the storm. Mid to upper elevation slopes on the east half of the compass will be the most likely to hold unstable snow.
Today, human triggered avalanches remain likely on steep wind loaded slopes which have a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger. Less steep, non wind loaded slopes have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
The northern Gallatin Range and the Bridger Range:
The northern Gallatin Range, specifically the Hyalite Drainage has the strongest snowpack in our advisory area. Yesterday, skiers up the Flanders drainage found soft skiing and stable conditions. Skiers found similar conditions on Mount Ellis on Friday.
In the Bridger Range, the snowpack is not as strong, but the lack a significant load is keeping the avalanche danger reduced. Yesterday, the Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol did not produce any significant avalanches during control work and no activity was observed in the surrounding terrain.
Today, human triggered avalanches remain possible on slopes steeper than 35 degrees which have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger. Less steep 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 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!
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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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