Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Thursday - 16 February 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Old Faithful||30||-16||-7||0||27||-||Calm / Foggy|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Intermittent Snow pack & Ice||Snow Tires Required|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Intermittent Snow pack & Ice||Snow Tires Required|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Intermittent Snow pack & Ice||Snow Tires Required|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Canyon to Tower||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Firehole Canyon Drive||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Grant to South Entrance||Open||Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Lake to East Entrance||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Norris to Madison||Open||Good to Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|Old Faithful to Grant||Open||Good to Fair||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
Rest Of Today...Partly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog early in the morning. Occasional flurries through the day. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the afternoon. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Tonight...Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Southwest winds around 15 mph until early morning. Chance of snow 70 percent. Lows 7°F to 13°F.
Friday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Friday Night...Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the evening...then occasional flurries after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Chance of snow 20 percent. Lows 6°F to 12°F.
Saturday...Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the afternoon. Highs 27°F to 33°F.
Saturday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 8°F to 14°F.
Sunday...Chance of snow in the morning...then snow likely in the afternoon. Light snow accumulations. Chance of snow 60 percent. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening...then slight chance of snow after midnight. Chance of snow 40 percent. Lows 4°F to 10°F.
Monday - Washingtons Birthday...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 19°F to 25°F.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 4°F to 10°F.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Tuesday Night...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 10°F to 16°F.
Wednesday...Cloudy with a 50 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||80||Parker Peak||60|
|Blackwater||65||Snake River Station||51|
|Evening Star||74||Sylvan Road||40|
|Fisher Creek||79||Thumb Divide||43|
|Grassy Lake||78||Two Ocean Plateau||81|
|Lewis Lake Divide||72||West Yellowstone||30|
|Madison Plateau||51||Whiskey Creek||40|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 16 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Clear skies overnight helped drop temperatures into the single digits to low teens Fahrenheit this morning. The recent period of abnormally calm winds may be ending. This morning westerly winds were averaging 10-15 mph with gusts in the 20s except in the Bridger Range and Hyalite Canyon where ridgetop winds were blowing 20-35 mph. Today, temperatures will warm into the high teens and low 20s Fahrenheit. Westerly winds will blow 10-15 mph with gusts of 20-30 mph. Tonight, moisture will descend from the northwest and produce an inch or two of new snow by tomorrow morning.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The mountains around Cooke City:
During dry, clear weather last week, the snow surface formed a new weak layer which is now buried about 1 foot deep. Recent natural avalanche activity occurred on this layer. Slopes receiving wind-blown snow will be the best places to trigger avalanches on this layer. Fortunately this instability is easy to assess since it is not buried deeply.
Weak snow near the ground remains a concern. Recent avalanches have not broken on this layer, but it remains a serious concern because avalanches occurring on this layer will be hard to trigger, difficult to predict, and potentially deadly. This situation is a "low probability, high consequence" scenario, and not enough time has passed for me to feel comfortable ignoring this layer. As a snowmobiler I would be boondocking today not hill climbing. As a skier I wouldn't be skiing slopes much steeper than 30 degrees and avoiding any wind loaded areas. For today, a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger exists on wind loaded slopes. All other slopes have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges and the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone:
In the southern Madison and Gallatin ranges and areas near West Yellowstone, there have been many avalanches this season. Unfortunately the snowpack structure responsible for this avalanche activity hasn't changed much. During the last 6 days, light snowfall has not stressed the snowpack enough to get avalanches. Winds have been more calm in these areas than in the northern half of the advisory area. Until winds increase or more snow falls, triggering an avalanche is not likely but remains possible. Today the Avalanche Danger is MODERATE.
The Bridger, northern Madison and northern Gallatin Ranges:
Plenty of weak snow exists in the mountains near Big Sky and Bozeman but there has been less snowfall and fewer avalanches in these areas. Two days ago Eric found stable conditions on Mount Ellis and Doug found stable conditions in Beehive and Bear Basins. Although the snowpack is weak in many places, it is not unstable because it does not have a load. On Friday last week in the Bridger Range on Sacajawea Peak, I found depth hoar near the ground and near-surface facets buried only a few inches deep. In Hyalite the snowpack is generally stronger but has this layer of near surface facets. Westerly winds increased mostly in the Bridger and northern Gallatin ranges. With some fresh wind slabs potentially resting on small facets, heightened avalanche conditions exist on specific terrain features. This avalanche problem is not widespread yet. For today, the Avalanche Danger is MODERATE on all wind loaded slopes and on all slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Non-wind loaded slopes less than 35 degrees have a LOW Avalanche Danger.
NRCS Snowpack Summary Graphs:
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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