Daily Winter Weather Report
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Date: Thursday - 17 January 2013
|Station||Pres Temp||Max Temp||Min Temp||New Snow||Depth||Sky||Present Conditions|
|Bechler||-13.0||-8.0||-14.0||0||SC||N @ 1 -3 mph|
|Mammoth||7.5||11.1||6.2||.01||13||SC||SSW @ 8 - 11 mph|
|Old Faithful||-9.0||-2.3||-9.4||0||29||SC||SE @ 2 mph|
|Thorofare||14.0||18.0||14.0||.24||SC||ESE @ 2 - 5 mph|
|Tower||-8.8||-3.7||-12.1||.08||7.37||SC||SSE @ 1 - 2 mph|
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|Road Section||Status||Conditions||Public Access / Info|
|Gardiner to Mammoth||YR||STR|
|Mammoth to Tower||YR||STR|
|Tower to NE Entrance||YR||STR|
|Beartooth Highway||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Canyon to Lake||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Firehole Canyon Drive||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Grant to South Entrance||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy||CLOSED *||CLOSED *||CLOSED *|
|Lake to East Entrance||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Lake to West Thumb||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Madison to Old Faithful||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Madison to West Yellowstone||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Mammoth to Norris||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Norris to Canyon||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Norris to Madison||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession vehicles|
|Old Faithful to Grant||Open||Rubber tracked oversnow concession 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.
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Caution advised for snow falling off of building roofs. Park accordingly.
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.
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by the National Weather Service Riverton, WY
Today: Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs 24°F to 30°F.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows -1°F to 7°F.
Friday: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Southwest winds around 15 mph late in the afternoon. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. Southwest winds around 15 mph in the evening. Lows 0°F to 10°F.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 22°F to 28°F.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows -1°F to 7°F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows 3°F to 9°F.
Monday / Martin Luther King Jr Day: Mostly sunny. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Monday Night / Martin Luther King Jr Night: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows 2°F to 10°F.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Lows 6°F to 12°F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 23°F to 29°F.
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|* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *|
|Station||Depth (inches)||Station||Depth (inches)|
|Black Bear||74||Parker Peak||47|
|Blackwater||45||Snake River Station||33|
|Evening Star||51||Sylvan Road||23|
|Fisher Creek||66||Thumb Divide||39|
|Grassy Lake||53||Two Ocean Plateau||55|
|Lewis Lake Divide||61||West Yellowstone||23|
|Madison Plateau||50||Whiskey Creek||30|
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from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - January 17, 2013 - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Yesterday was warm and sunny with more of the same forecasted today. This morning mountain temperatures were near 20 degrees Fahrenheit and winds were blowing from the Southwest to Northwest 5 to 15 mph gusting 25 to 30 mph. With more sunshine today, temperatures will be in the low 30's Fahrenheit. Winds will remain westerly and wind speeds shouldn't change much.
Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:
The Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and Cooke City:
There are two problems to manage today. Winds have blown new snow from Monday and formed fresh drifts and wind slabs, the primary avalanche problem. Ski Patrols at Bridger, Moonlight, and Big Sky triggered some avalanches yesterday on recently wind loaded slopes. Winds have been especially strong in the Bridger Range where Eric and Karl observed an avalanche on Saddle Peak that probably occurred on Tuesday. Being a couple days old, these wind slabs should be harder to trigger today, but I wouldn't trust them.
The other problem is a layer of facets buried 6 to 16 inches deep. Yesterday near Big Sky, my partners and I found this layer on many slopes between 8000 and 9500 feet (snowpit). On southerly aspects that had just a little wind loading, we experienced collapsing and cracking, a clear sign of unstable snow. In this area on Tuesday, a skier intentionally triggered a slide about 20 feet wide and 15 inches deep. Also on Tuesday, just outside the advisory area in the Tobacco Root Mountains, a skier triggered a slide that broke about 1 foot deep and 100 feet wide on a non-wind loaded slope.
This layer of facets remains weak and is a tricky problem because it does not have a predictable distribution in the large scale. Many slopes do not have it but some do. Because this layer is buried only about a foot deep, dig many quick pits and conduct quick stability tests as Doug recommends in this video. Looking for this layer and testing it should take less than a minute. Check out the propagation potential of a hard wind slab resting on these facets in a video from Eric and Karl doing research yesterday.
For today, wind loaded slopes steeper than 35 degrees have a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger. All other slopes have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger.
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.
EDUCATION, PHOTOS, SNOWPITS, and VIDEOS
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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.
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