Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Friday - 17 February 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Grant Village||35||-16||17||1.5||42||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Lamar||28||-17||17||1.5||15||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Madison||25||-18||14||2||24||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Snake River||25||-12||14||3.5||59||SC||Calm / Snowing|
|Tower||30||-9||17||2||20||BC||SW@1-2mph / Snowing|
|West Entrance||19||16||18||2||34||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|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||Good||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
Today...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the evening... Then occasional flurries after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Chance of snow 20 percent. Lows 4°F to 10°F.
Saturday...Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Saturday Night...Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Southwest winds around 15 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Lows 8°F to 14°F.
Sunday...Chance of snow in the morning...then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation 3 to 5 inches. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow 70 percent. Highs 20°F to 26°F.
Sunday Night...Colder. Mostly cloudy with chance of snow in the evening...then partly cloudy with slight chance of snow after midnight. Chance of snow 40 percent. Lows 1°F to 7°F.
Monday - Washingtons Birthday...Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning...then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Chance of snow 20 percent. Highs 21°F to 27°F.
Monday Night...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows 5°F to 11°F.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Tuesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 11°F to 17°F.
Wednesday...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 26°F to 32°F.
Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows 10°F to 16°F.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||80||Parker Peak||61|
|Blackwater||64||Snake River Station||50|
|Evening Star||73||Sylvan Road||38|
|Fisher Creek||78||Thumb Divide||43|
|Grassy Lake||75||Two Ocean Plateau||79|
|Lewis Lake Divide||71||West Yellowstone||30|
|Madison Plateau||51||Whiskey Creek||40|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 17 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Overnight 2 to 3 inches of snow fell throughout the advisory area. Winds decreased slightly from yesterday and this morning were blowing 10 mph with gusts of 25 mph from the West except in the Bridger Range where winds were blowing 20 and gusting to 30. Temperatures were in the low to mid teens Fahrenheit. Snow will continue this morning with an additional 2 to 3 inches falling. Some areas may see some sun this afternoon before another small dose of snow arrives Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the low 20s Fahrenheit, and winds will decrease a little by afternoon.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The Bridger, Madison, and Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City:
New snow fell on 5 of the last 7 days. This snow by itself has not been enough to change the avalanche danger much since it has slowly accumulated, and riding conditions have improved. More importantly, however, this snowfall provided ammunition for increased winds to build many fresh wind slabs.
• Skiers on Saddle Peak yesterday reported heavy wind loading and many small slab avalanches.
• A regular skier in Hyalite found many fresh wind slabs that readily cracked and slid while others did not. He also observed more natural avalanches yesterday than any other of the 50 days he's skied there this season.
• Karl, Doug, and I skied in Hyalite yesterday. Unfortunately wind slabs and drifts did not crack or produce avalanches for us, but they should not be trusted. One may not avalanche while another will. The good news is that winds did not form wind slabs very far below ridgelines and lots of good powder could be found.
• Ski Patrollers at Big Sky triggered wind slabs that formed early yesterday morning.
• Natural avalanches occurred near Cooke City during recent days with calm winds. With increased winds more will certainly occur.
Now is a tricky time because deeper instabilities and larger avalanches could start occurring. In the current weather pattern with small incremental loads, it is hard to say exactly when these large avalanches will occur, but we know this point is not far away. Throughout the advisory area, the structure of the snowpack is bad. It has depth hoar and other faceted crystals in the lower half of the snowpack covered by a cohesive slab. Hyalite Canyon is the exception. There are some faceted layers in the snowpack but they are much stronger there than in other areas.
The primary concern is fresh wind slabs. A secondary concern is avalanches breaking on deeper layers in the snowpack or at the ground. These would most likely occur on the same slopes where fresh wind slabs exist. Today, all wind loaded slopes have a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger. Non wind loaded slopes have a MODERATE 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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