Daily Winter Weather Report
Date: Monday - 30 January 2012
|Station||Max Temp||Min Temp||Pres Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Canyon||26||-5||13||1.5||34||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Lake||27||11||19||T||35||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|Old Faithful||30||10||23||T||32||OC||Calm / Snowing|
|Snake River||38||-1||11||1||61||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|Tower||32||9||20||0||18||OC||S@3-5mph / Snowing|
|West Entrance||28||6||20||0||33||OC||Calm / Light snow|
|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||Snow Tires Required|
|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||Good||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||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Good||All oversnow vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Good||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|
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...Breezy. Snow likely in the morning...then snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Highs 24°F to 30°F. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Tonight...Breezy...cloudy. Snow in the evening...then chance of snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation 3 to 5 inches. Lows 10°F to 16°F. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Tuesday...Cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning...then slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 23°F to 29°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.
Tuesday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows 13°F to 19°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph.
Wednesday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 24°F to 30°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph.
Wednesday Night...Colder. Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow. Lows 2°F to 8°F.
Thursday...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 21°F to 27°F.
Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows -2°F to 8°F.
Friday...Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows 2°F to 12°F.
Saturday...Sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs 30°F to 36°F.
Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows 4°F to 14°F.
Sunday...Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs 31°F to 37°F.
|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||85||Parker Peak||57|
|Blackwater||58||Snake River Station||53|
|Evening Star||71||Sylvan Road||36|
|Fisher Creek||83||Thumb Divide||44|
|Grassy Lake||78||Two Ocean Plateau||81|
|Lewis Lake Divide||71||West Yellowstone||32|
|Madison Plateau||54||Whiskey Creek||41|
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 30 January 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Eric Knoff. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Over the past 24 hours no new snow has fallen over our advisory area. Today, a weak weather disturbance embedded in a strong westerly flow will move into southwest Montana. Snow showers will develop over the mountains by mid morning, producing accumulations of 2 to 4 inches by tonight.
Currently, mountain temperatures are in the high teens to mid twenties Fahrenheit and winds are blowing out of the West-southwest at 25-45 mph. Temperatures will not warm much today and winds will remain strong out of the west, blowing 25-40 mph. Snow will diminish by late this evening and temperatures will drop 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The mountains around Cooke City:
The mountains around Cooke City have a layer of facets buried 2 to 3 feet deep that can be found on many slopes. This layer is now additionally stressed by the weight of 4 to 5 inches of new snow that fell over the past few days. On slopes with a southerly aspect this layer can be found resting over an ice crust, creating a potentially dangerous facet-crust combination under the existing slab. Additionally, west-northwest winds have blown snow onto leeward slopes, creating additional stress on this layer. Yesterday, riders in the area observed multiple natural avalanches, most of which occurred on south and east facing slopes.
Today, snow and strong winds will continue to tip the scales, making the Avalanche Danger HIGH on all wind loaded slopes. Non-wind loaded slopes have a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger.
The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges, and the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone:
The mountains around West Yellowstone have the weakest snowpack in our forecast area. A cohesive slab 2 to 3 feet thick resting over weak facets near the ground is producing a structure ripe for causing avalanches. Slopes steeper than 35 degrees and any slope that has received a wind load will be the most susceptible to human triggered avalanches. Yesterday, skiers near Hebgen Lake got unstable results in their stability tests and experienced cracking and collapsing, obvious signs of instability. Today, if you are riding in avalanche terrain, cautious route finding and conservative decision making are essential.
A poor snowpack structure continues to make human triggered avalanches likely and the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE.
The Bridger Range and northern Madison Range:
A variety of conditions can be found in the Bridger and northern Madison Ranges. On slopes that have not been affected by the wind, the snowpack is comprised mainly of weak, sugary facets. These slopes have plenty of weak snow, but are relatively stable due to the lack of slab. However, strong winds over the past week have affected many slopes making for variable conditions. Yesterday, skiers on Yellow Mountain near Big Sky found a poor snowpack structure, keeping their decision making conservative.
Today, the primary avalanche concern will be any slope that has been affected by the wind. These slopes likely have a slab resting over weaker snow, generating a structure capable of producing an avalanche.
For this reason human triggered avalanches are possible and the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE.
The northern Gallatin Range:
The lack of significant snowfall combined with a stronger snowpack has made for generally stable conditions in the northern Gallatin Range. Triggering a slide will be difficult, but it's not entirely out of the question. Steep, upper elevation slopes, specifically those that have received a wind load will be the most prone to unstable snow. Likely trigger points will be on slopes directly below ridgelines or in steep-rocky terrain where the snowpack is thinner.
For today, human triggered avalanches are possible on wind loaded slopes and slopes steeper than 35 degrees where the Avalanche Danger is rated MODERATE. Less steep, non wind loaded slopes have a LOW Avalanche Danger.
The Avalanche Danger could increase in all areas if snow and wind continue through the day.
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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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