Regional Conditions for Southern Madison

as of 5:00 am
Today4″ | NA
Oct 18 0″ | NA
Oct 17 0″ | NA
9460′     03/27 at 14:00
60.0℉
NW - 0mph
Gusts 1mph
9000′   10/19 at 19:00
37℉
Depth
Bottom Line: Avalanche season is here. If you’re travelling on steep, snow covered slopes, you need to prepare for avalanches like you would in the middle of winter. Bring a partner, carry rescue gear (beacon, shovel and probe) and travel one at a time in avalanche terrain.
Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Fri Apr 24

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Mon Apr 27

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Sat May 2

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Wed Oct 14

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Today

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Avalanche Activity- Southern Madison

Photos- Southern Madison

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  • 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

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Weather Forecast Southern Madison

Extended Forecast for

20 Miles S Big Sky MT

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Rain and snow likely before 4am, then a slight chance of snow and freezing rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.  Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Wintry Mix
    Likely

    Low: 29 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow after 5pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

    Mostly Cloudy
    then Chance
    Rain/Snow

    High: 35 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 29 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: A chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of snow and freezing rain between 9am and noon, then snow likely after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. South southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Chance Wintry
    Mix then Snow
    Likely

    High: 34 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 12 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. North wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    High: 15 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. North wind 9 to 11 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 8 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A chance of snow, mainly after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. South southeast wind 9 to 11 mph.

    Chance Snow

    High: 20 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Snow likely, mainly after midnight.  Cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 13 °F

The Last Word

Read accident reports from previous early season accidents before you venture to the snowy hills. This accident report from October 2012 in the northern Bridger Range, and this report from the tragic fatality three years ago in early October are reminders of the potential consequences of even a small avalanche.