GNFAC Avalanche Advisory for Tue Jan 27, 2015
Good morning. This is Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Advisory issued on Tuesday, January 27, at 7:30 a.m. Today’s advisory is sponsored by Buck Products and Javaman. This advisory does not apply to operating ski areas.
Last night did not freeze in the mountains, the second night for many locations. Temperatures this morning are in the high 30s to 40F at 10,000 feet under clear skies. Winds are west to southwest at 15-20 mph with gusts of 35 mph. Today will be near record warmth with mountain temperatures reaching 50F. Skies will start sunny but thin high clouds will filter the brute force of the sun this afternoon. Late tonight a trace to one inch of new snow may fall in the southern mountains.
Wet Avalanche Danger
It’s sad to write a spring avalanche forecast in January, but here we are. Mountain temperatures hit 50F yesterday producing wet loose avalanches in the gullies up Hyalite, around Cooke City (photo) and a few others near Big Sky and in the Bridger Range. It did not freeze again last night and air temperatures are expected to reach 50F. High cirrus clouds may filter enough sunlight to shield the snow from a large avalanche cycle, but without a solid freeze wet loose avalanches are expected and the wet snow avalanche danger will rise to
Other than wet snow instability, the snowpack in the Bridger Range is stable and generally safe. Yesterday’s 50F temperatures bonded wind drifts in place. There are no buried
Madison Range Gallatin Range Cooke City
Lionhead area near West Yellowstone
I will issue 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 587-6984.
TONIGHT: Avalanche Forecaster’s Beer Social Fundraiser
We still have tickets for the 5-6:30 p.m. seating!
The Friends of the Avalanche Center and Montana Ale Works are hosting an Avalanche Forecaster’s Beer Social Fundraiser the evening of January 27th. Get more information and buy tickets here: https://www.ticketriver.com/event/14010
AVALANCHE EDUATION and EVENTS
Take a look at our Education Calendar for all our classes being offered.
Advanced Avalanche Workshop with Field Course, MSU Bozeman, evening lectures 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29, with an all-day field session on Saturday. Get more information and register here: https://www.ticketriver.com/event/12445
1-hour Avalanche Awareness, Dillon, UM Western, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 27.
1-hour Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers, Livingston, 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, Yellowstone Ranger District.
1-hour Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers, West Yellowstone, 7 p.m., Saturday, January 31, Holiday Inn.
1-hour Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers, Lewistown, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 31, Fergus Country Trade Center. More info here: http://www.mtavalanche.com/images/15/thunderstruck-13-premiere-and-avalanche-classes