Regional Conditions for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Nov 112″ | 15-20 NW
Nov 10 0″ | 5-20 W
Nov 9 0″ | 15-25 W
10,000′     11/12 at 07:00
16.1℉
W - 6mph
Gusts 13mph
9100′   11/12 at 5:00
23℉
24″ Depth
Bottom Line: The snowpack stabilized with this week’s warm, dry weather. Look for signs of wet snow instability with temperatures in the 40s F through Saturday. Assess how new snow bonds to our existing snowpack as winter returns later this weekend.

Past 5 Days

Sun Oct 27

None
Mon Oct 28

None
Fri Nov 1

None
Mon Nov 4

None
Fri Nov 8

None

Avalanche Activity- Cooke City Area

Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Wet loose at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
WL-N-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Several small wet loose avalanches were observed at Bridger Bowl on 11/5. 


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Northern Gallatin
Divide Peak
Cornice triggered slab in Hyalite
Incident details include images
Divide Peak
SS-NC-R2-D1.5-I
Elevation: 9,500
Aspect: SE
Coordinates: 45.4029, -110.9760
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0
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Bridger Range
Bridger Bowl
Small avalanches at Bridger
Incident details include images
Bridger Bowl
SS-AS-R1-D1
Coordinates: 45.8156, -110.9230
Caught: 0 ; Buried: 0

Small storm slabs triggered at Bridger Bowl on 10/26. From email: "slab formation appeared isolated to leeward sides of midslope terrain features and rollovers as well as at ridgetops". 


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Photos- Cooke City Area

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  • "Lots of cracking up there this morning on fresh, mid elevation wind slabs"

    Photo: B. Nobel

  • "While skinning up to the top of Powder Park lift at Bridger, we had roughly 15' cracks propagate on an E/SE aspect. A snowpit showed roughly 8" of wind slab above a few inches of facets, on top of last week's rain crust." November 11, 2019.

    Photo: G. Lawrence

  • Wet loose avalanches at Bridger Bowl (observed on 11/5).

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Wet loose avalanches at Bridger Bowl (observed on 11/5).

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • We found sensitive wind slabs near ridgelines on Mt. Blackmore and evidence of recent cross-loading. Photo: GNFAC

  • Gusty north wind and moderate snowfall created unstable drifts of snow at Bridger on Monday (10/28). Some slid naturally and some were easily triggered by skiers. Photo: P. Hinz

  • Small storm slabs triggered at Bridger on 10/26. From email: "slab formation appeared isolated to leeward sides of midslope terrain features and rollovers as well as at ridgetops". 

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • Large avalanche observed on 10/25 near Imp Peak in the Taylor Fork. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Large avalanche observed on 10/25 near Imp Peak in the Taylor Fork. 

    Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A local near Fairy Lake gets a taste of fresh October snow and wind. "You know it's somewhat windy when the goats start closing their eyes and their beards get blown sideways." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Strong westerly wind scoured snow off high ridgelines and slopes in the northern Bridger Range on Friday (10/11). Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Dry loose snow avalanches were observed on 10/10 as the recent snow settled. From e-mail "...saw some small, solar-initiated, dry loose snow slides in steep, rocky terrain (heads up ice climbers). With a firm surface beneath the new snow, these little guys were picking up steam quickly." Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Avalanche debris on the saddle near Hyalite Peak. This is indicative of the type of heavily wind loaded terrain near ridgelines where avalanches are most likely this time of year. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Broken off cornice on the saddle between Blackmore and Elephant on 10/5. "Snow was anywhere from inches deep with grass and rocks to hip deep. It was mostly knee deep though. Down in the flats below the bowl there was easily 8-10" fresh and another 2" on my way down..." Photo: @benjacobsenphoto

  • Ice Climbers on the Sphinx sent this photo from October 3, and noted,

    "No snow hazard of much concern on the approach. However, a quick hasty pit in an isolated wind pocket revealed a CT1 on this layer.  ice axe is to the ground." Photo: S. Magro

  • Wind transport of snow on Gallatin Peak, October 2, 2019. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • MSU SAW is October 9th from 5-9pm in SUB Ballroom A. www.montana.edu/outdoorrecreation/SAW.html for more info.

  • The mountains got their first coat of snow at the end of September, though it isn't quite enough to protect you from hitting rocks. Where the snow is drifted provides the best coverage, but is also the most likely place to trigger a small slide. A small slide would be painful if it pushes you into the many exposed rocks. Photo: G. Antonioli

  • We hiked in to put up the Flanders weather station on 9/25 and found a spotty distribution of 4-6" of snow above 8,000'. Photo: GNFAC

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

  • Last weekend (9/23) there was about 14 inches of snow at 9,000'. Sun and warm temperatures created wet snow avalanches on slopes that face the sun. These small slides can be hazardous if they push you into the wrong terrain. Photo: Z. Drobnik

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Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • Today

    Today: A 30 percent chance of snow after 5pm.  Partly sunny, with a high near 33. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.  Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Partly Sunny
    then Chance
    Snow

    High: 33 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A chance of snow before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers between 8pm and 11pm, then snow likely after 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 27 by 1am. West southwest wind 10 to 17 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 23 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow before 8am.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. West wind around 11 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    then Mostly
    Cloudy

    High: 32 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 18. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Decreasing
    Clouds

    Low: 18 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 10 to 14 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 36 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 30 by 3am.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 26 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

    Mostly Cloudy

    High: 40 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 28.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 28 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am.  Partly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 32 by noon, then falling to around 23 during the remainder of the day.

    Chance Snow

    High: 32 °F

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