Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Sunday - 08 January 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Canyon||28||2||9||T||23||OC||Calm / Lite snow|
|East Entrance||30||9||19||T||27||OC||W@5mph / Lite snow|
|Grant Village||24||9||15||T||32||OC||Calm / Lite snow|
|Snake River||32||9||16||T||33||OC||Calm / Lite snow|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Good||STR|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Good||STR|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Good||STR|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Fair||All oversnow vehicles|
|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||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||All oversnow vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Fair - drifts & ruts||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|
|Tower to Canyon||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
YR=Year Round / NR=No Restrictions / STA=Snow Tires Advised / STR=Snow Tires Required
* NOTE: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
# Poor road conditions - bare spots and melting snow - Restricted to Snowcoaches Only.
The park service plowing schedule for roads for the spring season.
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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. See NWS Weather Forecast below for detailed information. * *
by the National Weather Service Riverton, Wyoming
Today...Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
Tonight...Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows 7°F to 15°F.
Monday...Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs 29°F to 35°F.
Monday Night...Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 11°F to 17°F.
Tuesday...Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning... Then chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 26°F to 32°F. Chance of snow 50 percent.
Tuesday Night...Colder. Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening...then slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows -1°F to 5°F. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Highs 18°F to 24°F.
Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows -5°F to 5°F.
Thursday...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 0°F to 10°F.
Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 3°F to 13°F.
Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs 25°F to 31°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||44||Parker Peak||40|
|Blackwater||46||Snake River Station||28|
|Evening Star||45||Sylvan Road||24|
|Fisher Creek||51||Thumb Divide||25|
|Grassy Lake||40||Two Ocean Plateau||53|
|Lewis Lake Divide||38||West Yellowstone||19|
|Madison Plateau||30||Whiskey Creek||22|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 08 January 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Montana is currently positioned on the leeward side of a ridge of high pressure sitting off the coast of California. This is generating a northwest flow over our area, producing mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. At 4:00 a.m. this morning, mountain temperatures are ranging between 10°F and 15°F with Cooke City weather station being the coldest at 3°F. Winds are averaging 10-20 mph out of the West-northwest with the exception of the Bridger Range where ridgetop winds are blowing 30-40 mph out of West-northwest. Today, temperatures will climb into the mid to high twenties Fahrenheit under partly cloudy skies and winds will continue to blow 15-30 out of the West-northwest.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the mountains around Cooke City:
Snow conditions are becoming more variable with every passing day. Aspects affected by the sun are becoming thin and firm with nearly supportable crusts being found on many slopes. Thanks to the sun's low angle this time of year, slopes on the north and east half of the compass continue to shelter dense dry powder. These slopes hold some of the best riding conditions with a caveat - they also hold the most unstable snow conditions.
Yesterday, a snowmobiler in Cabin Creek outside of West Yellowstone narrowly missed getting caught in a slide triggered by his partner. The slide was triggered on a Northeast facing slope that had been wind loaded during last week's storm. The slide consisted of a dense slab that ran on weak sugery facets formed during December. A skier outside of Cooke City found a similar snowpack structure that produced natural avalanches earlier in the week (photo).
For the time being the snowpack in most areas remains weak and unstable. A cohesive slab 1 to 3 feet thick rests over very weak faceted snow which is still struggling to support the load delivered by last week's storm (photo). As demonstrated by the near miss in Cabin Creek yesterday, slopes continue to be sensitive to the weight of a skier or rider.
For this reason the Avalanche Danger remains CONSIDERABLE.
The northern Madison Range:
The avalanche danger in the northern Madison range is trending towards increasing stability, but persistent weak layers found mid pack and near the ground continue to warrant caution (photo). Steep slopes, specifically those with thin or rocky margins, are of particular concern. Today, any slope steeper than 35 degrees has a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger. Less steep slopes have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
The northern Gallatin Range:
The northern Gallatin Range has received more snow this winter than any other range in our forecast area outside of Cooke City. Fairly consistent storms have helped reduce the development of faceted layers, primarily near the ground, which is making the snowpack more stable. However, buried facets do exist and the possibility of a skier or rider triggering a slide remains.
Slopes that have a thinner snowpack, specifically those in steep rocky terrain will be the most likely to produce human triggered avalanches.
Today, heightened avalanche conditions exist on specific terrain features and the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE.
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.
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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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