Regional Conditions for Centennial Range

as of 5:00 am
Today1″ | NA
Nov 30 0″ | NA
Nov 29 0″ | NA
8775′     3/27 at 10:00
17 ℉
SE - 4 mph
Gusts 7 mph
7750′   12/01 at 20:00
21℉
20″ Depth
Bottom Line: The main avalanche concern is fresh drifts of snow. Be cautious of slopes where yesterday’s snow was drifted into thick, dense slabs. The best strategy is to avoid steep wind loaded slopes for a day or two, and then carefully assess them after that. Keep in mind, the most dangerous slopes are where these slabs formed over weak, sugary snow. These slabs on top of sugar will be unstable for longer and can be less predictable, large and very dangerous. Avoid steep slopes where you find soft, sugary snow under a cohesive, supportable slab.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Snow Observations- Centennial Range & Lionhead

Avalanche Activity- Centennial Range & Lionhead

Photos- Centennial Range & Lionhead

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  • We found a thick layer of surface hoar (1-2cm) on top of the snowpack at Lionhead Ridge on 11/24/20. Below that layer the snowpack was faceted and weak. This will be an unstable foundation for future storms. Photo: GNFAC

  • Watch the video HERE!

  • The BBWC (Bridger Bowl Wind Cloud) on Tuesday 10/27 accompanied 50-60 mph gusts. This strong wind drifted recent snow into slabs that could avalanche on steep slopes. Early season snow means we need to be thinking about and managing avalanche hazard when we travel in the mountains. Photo: GNFAC

  • Backcountry.com did a social media survey and found that many of us could use an avalanche class. Don't hesitate to sign up for one. Even a one-hour avalanche awareness class is a great place to start. Check out our Education Calendar for an expanding list of classes being offered in southwest Montana. Many are free.

  • Wind was blowing and drifting recent snow in the Bridger Range the morning of October 15th. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Snow on Lone Mtn. on the morning of October 14th. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • By morning of October 11 most mountain ranges were white at the higher elevations. This picture of Saddle Peak was taken from Stone Creek up Bridger Canyon. About .6-.8" of precipitation fell throughout southwest Montana. The Fisher Creek Snotel outside of Cooke City shows 6" of snow fell at 9,100 feet. Only time will tell what melts and what sticks around, but it sure is a good sign! Photo: GNFAC

Weather Forecast- Centennial Range

Extended Forecast for

10 Miles ESE Lakeview MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -10. North wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 6 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -10. North wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 23 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -5. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 6 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -5. East southeast wind around 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

    Sunny

    High: 25 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 10. South wind 7 to 9 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 10 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 31. North wind 8 to 10 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 31 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. North wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 14 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 33. North wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    Sunny

    High: 33 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 15.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 15 °F

The Last Word

The Friends of the Avalanche Center are encouraging everyone to take an avalanche class. Look at our Education Page for all the classes being offered in sw Montana. They are working hard to break down Backcountry Barriers and made this awesome 6 min video about it.


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