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Daily Winter Weather Report

Date: Monday - February 07, 2011

Station Max Temp Min Temp Pres Temp New Snow Depth Sky Present Conditions
Canyon 20 -12 16 3 46 OC Calm / lite snow
East Entrance 26 17 22 3 40 OC Calm / lite snow
Grant Village 24 14 24 T 46 OC Calm
Lake 21 -5 21 4 47 BC Calm / lite snow
Lamar 22 13 22 0 29 OC Calm
Madison 24 16 23 T 34 OC Calm
Mammoth 26 9 26 T 22 OC N@2mph / gust 4mph
Old Faithful 21 -2 21 1.5 32 OC SW@10mph / gust 20mph
Snake River 22 -10 17 5 51 OC Calm / lite snow
Tower 22 0 16 3 32 OC Calm / moderate snow
West Entrance 23 -6 19 2 41 OC Breezy
T=Trace / BC=Broken Clouds / OC=Overcast / SC=Scattered Clouds
All Temperatures are in °F ~ All Snow Depths are in Inches

* * * Road Conditions * * *
Road Section Status Conditions Public Access / Info
Gardiner to Mammoth YR Good STR
Mammoth to Tower YR Good STR
Tower to NE Entrance YR Fair STR
Beartooth Highway CLOSED * CLOSED * CLOSED *
Canyon to Lake Open Poor Oversnow
Firehole Canyon Drive Open - Oversnow - Snowcoaches only in the morning
Grant to South Entrance Open Good Oversnow
Junction to Chief Joseph Hwy CLOSED * CLOSED * CLOSED *
Lake to East Entrance Open Good Oversnow
Lake to West Thumb Open Good Oversnow
Madison to Old Faithful Open Good Oversnow
Madison to West Yellowstone Open Good Oversnow
Mammoth to Norris Open Fair Oversnow
Norris to Canyon Open Good Oversnow
Norris to Madison Open Good Oversnow
Old Faithful to Grant Open Good Oversnow

YR=Year Round / NR=No Restrictions / STA=Snow Tires Advised / STR=Snow Tires Required


# 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 ********


Yellowstone Seven Day Forecast on 07 February 2011
by the National Weather Service Riverton, WY

Rest Of Today...Breezy...snow. Areas of blowing snow. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Highs 19°F to 25°F. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Tonight...Snow likely in the evening...then snow after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation 3 to 8 inches. Lows -5°F to 1°F. West winds around 15 mph early in the evening. Chance of snow 80 percent.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Chance of snow in the morning...then occasional flurries in the afternoon. Highs 10°F to 16°F. North winds around 15 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of snow 30 percent. Lowest wind chill readings -11°F to -21°F in the morning.

Tuesday Night...Colder. Partly cloudy. Occasional flurries in the evening. Lows -9°F to -17°F. North winds around 15 mph in the evening.

Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Occasional flurries. Highs 10°F to 16°F. Lowest wind chill readings -18°F to -28°F in the morning.

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Occasional flurries. Lows -6°F to 0°F.

Thursday...Not as cold. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 18°F to 24°F. Lowest wind chill readings -16°F to -26°F in the morning.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 3°F to 9°F.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs 22°F to 28°F.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 11°F to 17°F.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 26°F to 32°F.

Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows 15°F to 21°F.

Sunday...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs 22°F to 28°F.

Snowflake Hazardous Weather Snowflake Gibbon Falls Forecast Snowflake Mammoth Forecast Snowflake Midway Forecast Snowflake Norris Forecast Snowflake Old Faithful Forecast Snowflake

* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *
Station Depth (inches) Station Depth (inches)
Black Bear 92 Parker Peak 79
Blackwater 61 Snake River Station 28
Canyon 47 Sylvan Lake 60
Evening Star 77 Sylvan Road 43
Fisher Creek 97 Thumb Divide 46
Grassy Lake 79 Two Ocean Plateau 68
Lewis Lake Divide 77 West Yellowstone 38
Madison Plateau 63 Whiskey Creek 50
Northeast Entrance 39 Wolverine 42

Avalanche Information
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - February 07, 2011 - this report is by Eric Knoff

Mountain Weather

A strong Northwest flow has delivered yet another round of moisture to southwest Montana. Since midnight, 3-4 inches of new snow has fallen in the mountains around Big Sky and Bozeman, all other locations have picked up 2-3 inches. Winds have been ramping up with the arrival of this storm blowing out of the West-north-west at 20-30 mph with gust reaching into the 40s. Mountain temperatures are currently in the teens and will warm into the low 20s by this afternoon. Snow and wind will continue throughout the day with an additional 6-8 inches falling the north and 3-6 inches accumulating in the south.

Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:

The Bridger Range, the northern Madison and northern Gallatin Ranges, the mountains around Cooke City and the Washburn Range:

Yesterday, a skier was caught and injured in a slide near Frasier Lake in the northern Bridgers. The slide broke 18 inches deep and failed on the skiers first turn, resulting in a long and harrowing ride. This incident resulted in a broken femur. A second group triggered another side in the same area, but fortunately no one was caught. Read a more detailed report at the end of the advisory.

Our new snowpack set up may be a complete game changer. Weak surface layers that developed during the earlier part of last week have now been buried by nearly two feet of new snow, resulting in a potent recipe for avalanche activity. With more snow and wind on the way, conditions will become even more hazardous; making the ski areas or the movies more attractive then the backcountry.

Yesterday, Doug and I toured to Mount Blackmore in Hyalite and observed the unstable snowpack first hand. We found a large natural slide that occurred on Blackmore's east face. This slide propagated 300 feet across, broke over a foot deep, and ran the entire slope. Our snowpit confirmed the message that the natural slide had sent - there is now a substantial load precariously perched upon a well defined weak layer, which in this case involves near surface facets that formed during our last bout of high pressure. A similar arrangement of layering was observed by skiers in Yellowstone National Park.

With natural and human triggered avalanches taking place over the past 24 hours, it is apparent our once stable snowpack has taken a U turn.

Today, very dangerous avalanche conditions exist on all wind loaded slopes where the Avalanche Danger is rated HIGH . Slopes that have not received wind loading have a CONSIDERABLE Avalanche Danger.

The southern Madison and southern Gallatin Ranges and the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone:

The southern ranges have not been left behind when it comes to the development of a substantial weak layer; they just have not received a big enough load to make this layer a major problem. At this point it's not if - but when this layer will wake up and become reactive. Since this layer is only buried under 8-12 inches of new snow, quick hand pits and frequent stability evaluations will help determine the distribution and sensitivity of this layer.

Today, the main avalanche concern is any slope that has been recently wind loaded where the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE. Slopes without a wind load have MODERATE Avalanche Danger.

Accident Report

Yesterday, two separate parties of skiers triggered avalanches near Frazier Lake in the northern Bridger Range. The first group of three skinned to the top of long and popular east facing chute (greater than 45 degrees). The first skier triggered a slide that broke 18 inches deep about half way down the run, but managed to ski out of it. This slide broke on the weak interface between the new and old snow.

A second group decided to ski a nearby steep slope (also great than 45 degrees) slightly to the north. They were unaware of the previous avalanche. The first skier safely descended the run. The second skier had the slope break on his first turn. He tumbled over 1,000 feet through rocks and was almost fully buried. By wiggling his head and using his free arm he was able to dig himself out. His femur was broken, but luckily it was not an open fracture. His partner shouted to the other group who returned to the scene. A cell phone call to Gallatin County Search and Rescue got rescuers and a helicopter to the scene. He was evacuated with only minutes of daylight to spare.

Information provided by Doug Chabot, Mark Staples, and Eric Knoff from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

If you have any snowpack or avalanche observations, drop them a line at or call: 406-587-6984.

For detailed Avalanche Terms utilized here, please see the Avalanche Glossary.

West Yellowstone: Beacon Park Operational

Skiing or riding near West Yellowstone? Test your beacon skills at a beacon park near the old airport where you can search for pre-placed beacons switched on/off by a control panel. Look for it by orange snow fence and signage just south of the snow cross track.


The 9th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge will be held at Bridger Bowl on Saturday, February 12. ALL proceeds go to the Friends of the Avalanche Center who use the money to promote avalanche education in southwest Montana. Last winter we taught 64 classes reaching over 4,900 people. You can help raise money to continue this education in 2 ways:

1). Get pledges and hike the ridge. You don't have to do 20 laps – you can get flat pledges and hike just once! Or you can test your mettle and try and break John Yarington's record of 29 laps in 5 hours.

2). Sponsor someone. If you don't have someone to sponsor, consider sponsoring the GNFAC since we'll be hiking for dollars. Click Here for more information and registration forms.

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