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Daily Winter Weather Report

Date: Thursday - 02 February 2012

Station Max Temp Min Temp Pres Temp New Snow Depth Sky Present Conditions
Canyon 30 13 17 2 36 OC Calm
East Entrance 34 4 22 1 32 OC Calm
Grant Village 29 6 20 3 43 OC Calm / Light snow
Lake 29 11 21 2 36 OC Calm / Light snow
Lamar 37 8 24 1 12 OC Calm
Madison 30 8 16 1 22 BC Calm
Mammoth 31 25 28 0 6 BC Calm
Old Faithful 35 7 22 1 31 OC Calm / Snowing
Pahaska 27 24 27 T - OC Calm
Snake River 33 4 27 4 62 OC Calm / Light snow
Soda Butte 23 12 17 T - OC Calm
Thumb Divide 24 20 20 .30 - OC Calm
Tower 39 11 20 .5 17 SC SW@1-3mph
West Entrance 33 21 36 0 32 SC Calm
BC=Broken Clouds / C=Clear / OC=Overcast / SC=Scattered Clouds / T=Trace
All Temperatures are in °F ~ All Snow Depths are in Inches

* * * Road Conditions * * *
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


# 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 02 February 2012
by the National Weather Service Riverton, Wyoming

Today...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 25°F to 31°F.

Tonight...Partly cloudy. Chance of snow in the evening...then slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows 5°F to 11°F. Chance of snow 30 percent.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Highs 23°F to 29°F.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows 4°F to 10°F.

Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs 26°F to 32°F.

Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 5°F to 11°F.

Sunday...Sunny. Highs 25°F to 31°F.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 2°F to 10°F.

Monday...Sunny. Highs 26°F to 32°F.

Monday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 5°F to 11°F.

Tuesday...Mostly sunny. Highs 27°F to 33°F.

Tuesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 6°F to 14°F.

Wednesday...Mostly sunny. Highs 27°F to 33°F.

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* * * Snow Depth Totals as reported at SNOTELs * * *
Station Depth (inches) Station Depth (inches)
Black Bear 83 Parker Peak 58
Blackwater 60 Snake River Station 50
Canyon 40 Sylvan Lake 46
Evening Star 74 Sylvan Road 36
Fisher Creek 87 Thumb Divide 44
Grassy Lake 77 Two Ocean Plateau 84
Lewis Lake Divide 73 West Yellowstone 30
Madison Plateau 53 Whiskey Creek 41
Northeast Entrance 30 Wolverine 27

Avalanche Information
from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center - 02 February 2012 - 7:30 am - this report is by Mark Staples. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.

Mountain Weather

Overnight 3 to 4 inches of dense snow fell in the Bridger Range while all other areas received 2 to 4 inches of less dense snow. Fortunately winds calmed as snowfall began last night and were blowing 10-15 mph from the North-northwest this morning with temperatures in the high teens to low 20s Fahrenheit. Lingering snowfall will deposit another 1 to 2 inches today. Northerly winds will increase to 10-20 mph and will keep temperatures from climbing more than a few degrees.

Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion:

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

Teaching an advanced avalanche class last night, I stressed that we must always stick to the basics no matter how much we learn about avalanches. Sticking to the basics means never ignoring recent avalanche activity and other obvious signs of instability. Near Daisy Pass outside Cooke City, a snowmobiler triggered a small slide on Tuesday. It was 2 feet deep, 70 feet wide, and 120 feet long. On the same day near the Bacon Rind drainage in the southern Madison Range, Doug and Karl experienced large collapses and shooting cracks. Recent storms have kept the snowpack in these areas near its breaking point.

Near Cooke City, the primary weak layer on which avalanches have occurred is buried 2 to 3 feet deep. Near West Yellowstone, the primary weak layer is buried about 1 to 1.5 feet deep. Today dangerous avalanche conditions exist, human triggered avalanches are likely, and the Avalanche Danger is rated CONSIDERABLE.

The Bridger Range and northern Madison Range:

Yesterday, Doug and his partners skied on Saddle Peak in the Bridger Range. They found a snowpack containing all the ingredients for an avalanche. What has been missing most of the season is the stress of new snow. Overnight this area received 3 to 4 inches of dense snow (0.4 to 0.5 inches of SWE). Is this snowfall enough to make the snowpack unstable? Probably not, but it's hard to tell. Pay close attention for any cracking or collapsing, dig several snowpits, and chose a conservative line today. The danger could rise if more than a few inches fall or winds increase.

Near Big Sky the snowpack contains plenty of weak snow. On Tuesday, my partner and I rode on Buck Ridge and found avalanches from last weekend on heavily wind loaded slopes. I was able to trigger one last week that broke on facets at the ground, and yesterday the Big Sky Ski Patrol triggered one in an area with a thin snowpack and a wind load. Slopes with this combination are not widespread but do exist on certain terrain features. Today with human triggered avalanches possible, the Avalanche Danger is MODERATE.

The northern Gallatin Range:

The northern Gallatin Range especially the Hyalite Canyon area has received more consistent snowfall throughout this season. This snowfall has been just enough to build a snowpack lacking widespread weak layers. Unfortunately this area has not escaped recent strong winds which have scoured many slopes and formed hard wind slabs on others. Although triggering one of these wind slabs is not likely, they are the primary avalanche problem. Today, slopes with a wind load or slopes steeper than 35 degrees have a MODERATE Avalanche Danger. Slopes less than 35 degrees without a wind load have a LOW 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 or call us at: 406-587-6984.

Beacon Parks

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!


February 4: Poker Run

The Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association is sponsoring their annual Buck Ridge Poker Ride this Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the GNFAC. Registration is at 9 a.m. in the Buck Ridge parking lot. More info at

February 8: 4th Annual Montana Ale Works Wine Dinner

Come join us for a wonderful, social evening at Montana Ale Works. Menu and ticket information is here:

10th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge

The 10th Annual King and Queen of the Ridge Hike/Ski-a-thon fundraiser is Saturday, Feb 11th. The event supports avalanche education in southwest Montana. Collect pledges for one, two or the most Ridge hikes you can do in the five hours of competition. 100% of the proceeds go to the Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Kids and families are encouraged to hike too! More Information / Registration Form.

1. We've recently uploaded more photos and snowpits to our web site, more than what are linked in the advisory.

2. We're creating a series of "How To…" stability test videos. So far we've got clips on performing a CT and ECT. There are located under Stability Tests on the Resources page.

3. Check out all our education programs, Click Here.

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 or call: 406-587-6984.

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

Avalanche Danger Scale

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