Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Sunday - 15 January 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Grant Village||31||10||24||.20||30||SC||SW@10-15mph gusts 20-25mph|
|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||Good||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||Caution for drifts & ruts|
|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.
******** 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. See NWS Weather Forecast below for detailed information. * *
by the National Weather Service Riverton, Wyoming
Today...Windy. Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning...then chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 26°F to 32°F. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 50 percent.
Tonight...Breezy. Snow likely in the evening...then snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Lows -2°F to 4°F. West winds 15 to 25 mph until early morning. Chance of snow 80 percent.
Monday / Martin Luther King Jr Day...Colder. Snow in the morning...then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation 3 to 5 inches. Highs 7°F to 13°F. West winds around 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow 80 percent.
Monday Night / Martin Luther King Jr Night...Breezy. Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows -6°F to 0°F. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings -18°F to -28°F.
Tuesday...Breezy. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 10°F to 16°F. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Lowest wind chill readings -20°F to -30°F in the morning.
Tuesday Night...Breezy. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 0°F to 6°F. Wind chill readings -17°F to -27°F.
Wednesday...Breezy. Not as cold. Snow likely in the morning...then snow in the afternoon. Moderate snow accumulations. Highs 18°F to 24°F. Chance of snow 80 percent. Lowest wind chill readings -21°F to -31°F in the morning.
Wednesday Night...Breezy. Not as cold. Snow likely. Moderate snow accumulations. Lows 14°F to 20°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Thursday...Breezy. Not as cold. Snow likely. Highs 26°F to 32°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.
Thursday Night...Breezy. Snow likely. Lows 14°F to 20°F. Chance of snow 60 percent.
Friday...Breezy. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Friday Night...Breezy. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 14°F to 20°F.
Saturday...Breezy. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 3°F1.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||48||Parker Peak||43|
|Blackwater||47||Snake River Station||31|
|Evening Star||50||Sylvan Road||28|
|Fisher Creek||55||Thumb Divide||30|
|Grassy Lake||44||Two Ocean Plateau||56|
|Lewis Lake Divide||43||West Yellowstone||22|
|Madison Plateau||34||Whiskey Creek||26|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 15 January 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Eric Knoff. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Warm and windy conditions are currently in place ahead of an approaching cold front. At 4:00 am this morning winds are blowing steady at 25-35 mph out of the West-northwest with gusts reaching into the 50s Fahrenheit. Mountain temperatures are in the mid to high 20s Fahrenheit under mostly clear skies with the exception of Cooke City where a 1 to 2 inches of snow has fallen overnight. A significant change in weather will take place as the day progresses. A cold front will arrive by early afternoon creating mostly cloudy skies, falling temperatures and an increasing chance of snow showers. By tomorrow morning temperatures will be in the single digits Fahrenheit and 2 to 4 inches will likely accumulate in the mountains.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City:
Today, triggering an avalanche will be like the Giants beating the Packers – it's not highly likely but it is possible. Can you put a number – 1 in 10, 1 in 100, 1 in 1000 – on your odds of triggering a slide? No. But there are a few simple decisions that can be made to help stack the odds in your favor and keep the chances of triggering a slide to a minimum.
1. Stay off slopes that have received wind deposited snow, most specifically, upper elevation slopes below ridelines or slopes on the leeward side of sub-ridges. These areas likely have a thick cohesive slab resting over weak faceted snow. These wind slabs, whether new or old, can propagate a fracture and produce an avalanche.
2. Avoid slopes steeper than 35 degrees. While steep slopes offer some of the best riding opportunities, they are also the most likely to produce and avalanche.
3. Carefully evaluate shallow and rocky terrain. These areas usually have variable snow depths, wind slabs and lots of potential trigger points.
One factor that makes stability assessment difficult is conditions vary widely from slope to slope. Yesterday, Mark and I rode into Cabin Creek and Tepee Basin in the southern Madison Range. We received unstable results during stability tests on one slope, while another appeared to be more stable. I found similar conditions around Buck Ridge on Friday. Also, skiers outside of Cooke City triggered a small side on a Southeast facing slope and reported cracking and collapsing yesterday, obvious signs of instability.
Hyalite Canyon deserves special mention because it has more stable conditions than other areas. However, recent wind slabs and a layer of near-surface facets 2 feet below the surface could produce avalanches under the weight of a skier or rider.
Although the odds of triggering an avalanche have decreased over time, the weak structure of the snowpack continues to make human trigged avalanches possible. For this reason the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE.
The Friends of the Avalanche Center installed a Beacon Training Park outside West Yellowstone last Friday. It's located south of town on the main snowmobile trail. Stop by and do a quick practice before heading off into the mountains!
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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