Regional Conditions for Centennial Range

as of 5:00 am
Today1″ | NA
Nov 24 0″ | NA
Nov 23 0″ | NA
8775′     3/27 at 10:00
17 ℉
SE - 4 mph
Gusts 7 mph
7750′   11/25 at 14:00
23℉
20″ Depth
Bottom Line: The mountains throughout our advisory area have a layered snowpack, and avalanches can be triggered on steep slopes. Strong winds drifted last night’s snow into slabs which will continue to grow with strong west-southwest wind today and tomorrow. Identify and avoid fresh drifts on steep slopes. Expect to find these drifts along ridgelines. Look for signs such as round pillows of snow and feel for relatively hard or hollow slabs. Stay diligent with snowpack stability assessment and safe travel protocols through the weekend.
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

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times.  Patchy blowing snow before 3pm. High near 22. Southwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

    Heavy Snow
    and Patchy
    Blowing Snow

    High: 22 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 8pm.  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -5. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

    Snow Likely
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 6 °F

  • Thanksgiving
    Day

    Thanksgiving Day: A 20 percent chance of snow after 9am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -5. West southwest wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow

    High: 19 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as zero. South wind 5 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    Low: 9 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. South southwest wind around 7 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 21 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Southeast wind around 8 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 9 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. South wind around 8 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 23 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 8. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 8 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 27.

    Sunny

    High: 27 °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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