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Daily Winter Weather Report

Date: Saturday - January 29, 2011

Station Max Temp Min Temp Pres Temp New Snow Depth Sky Present Conditions
Canyon 35 6 12 0 42 OC Calm
East Entrance 43 12 18 0 36   W@3-5mph / Clear
Grant Village 28 12 21 T 46 OC Calm
Lake 37 6 13 0 42 BC Calm / Clear
Lamar 32 -1 18 0 28 SC Calm
Madison 40 -2 6 0 30 BC Calm
Mammoth 43 20 27 0 20   SW@7-9mph / Clear
Old Faithful 38 10 14 0 29 SC Calm
Snake River 16 3 7 0 53 OC Calm
Tower 28 10 15 0 27 SC W@0-3mph
West Entrance 37 6 6 0 36   Calm / Clear
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 Fair STR
Mammoth to Tower YR Fair STR
Tower to NE Entrance YR Fair STR
Beartooth Highway CLOSED * CLOSED * CLOSED *
Canyon to Lake Open Fair 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 Fair 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 29 January 2011
by the National Weather Service Riverton, WY

Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow. Highs 26°F to 32°F. South winds around 15 mph early in the morning becoming southwest around 15 mph late in the afternoon.

Tonight...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Lows 16°F to 22°F. Southwest winds around 15 mph.

Sunday...Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Highs 25°F to 31°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Sunday Night...Colder. Snow likely. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Lows 5°F to 11°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Monday...Snow likely in the morning...then chance of snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation 4 to 9 inches. Highs 13°F to 19°F. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Monday Night...Much colder. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Lows -9°F to -15°F. Wind chill readings -26°F to -36°F.

Tuesday...Colder. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 0°F to 6°F. Lowest wind chill readings -37°F to -47°F in the morning.

Tuesday Night...Colder. Partly cloudy. Lows -13°F to -23°F.

Wednesday...Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 13°F to 19°F.

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows -8°F to 0°F.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs 19°F to 25°F.

Thursday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 5°F to 11°F.

Friday...Partly cloudy. 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 88 Parker Peak 76
Blackwater 59 Snake River Station 32
Canyon 43 Sylvan Lake 55
Evening Star 75 Sylvan Road 40
Fisher Creek 84 Thumb Divide 46
Grassy Lake 80 Two Ocean Plateau 68
Lewis Lake Divide 73 West Yellowstone 35
Madison Plateau 59 Whiskey Creek 46
Northeast Entrance 34 Wolverine 39

Avalanche Information
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - January 29, 2011 - this report is by Mark Staples

Mountain Weather

The weather pattern is finally changing with some snowfall and cold air approaching. This morning temperatures were in the high teens to low 20s Fahrenheit and winds were blowing 15-30 mph from the West. Today temperatures will climb to the mid to high 20s Fahrenheit and winds will continue blowing 15-30 mph from the West. Places north of the advisory area will receive snow and much colder temperatures today. Snowfall in advisory area will arrive as moisture from the southwest meets cold air descending from the north. By tomorrow morning 2-3 inches of snow should fall in most places; however, exact amounts depend on the timing of this moisture and cold air which could meet late this evening or tomorrow morning.

Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:

The Bridger, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City and the Washburn Range:

Recent avalanche activity has been observed in multiple locations throughout the advisory area including several in the northern and southern Madison Range, one near Cooke City, and several in the northern Bridger Range. These slides have occurred on a variety of aspects but all were triggered by cornices falling onto steep, rocky areas where the snowpack is thin and faceted. Additionally these slides have been able to run substantial distances. The largest one was observed on a Southeast aspect in the northern Madison Range and probably occurred last weekend following last week's snowy weather. Steep slopes with a thin snowpack contain the weakest snow. Because a falling cornice is like the blast from a shotgun, it has a better chance of hitting the target and triggering a slide. For a skier or rider to trigger one of these slides today, the slope will need to be tickled in just the right spot which is often part of the slope with the thinnest snow.

Why do certain slopes have a thin snowpack? A variety of events led to thin snow in some places. Several strong wind events in November and December scoured certain slopes. In other steep, rocky places it simply takes longer for the snow to accumulate as much of it sluffs downhill. During the last month many of these areas became weak and faceted. Now they are covered by snow from recent storms and getting harder to identify from a distance. As they have adjusted to recent loading, they are also harder to trigger.

Smaller avalanches have occurred on a thin layer of facets that formed more recently during brief periods of warm sunny days and clear cold nights. This layer has been most sensitive on slopes with exposure to the sun. An observer in the northern Madison Range yesterday observed shooting cracks in a wind slab resting on this layer on a Southwest aspect.

Many areas contain strong snow, some areas contain weak snow, but only isolated terrain features have unstable snow. The snowpack is generally strong and safe avalanche conditions exist making the Avalanche Danger for today LOW. Remember a low danger does not mean no danger.

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.

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.

Avalanche Danger Scale

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