Regional Conditions for Cooke City Area

as of 5:00 am
Today2″ | 10-20 SW
Nov 24 0″ | 5-15 NW
Nov 23 0″ | 5-20 SW
10,000′     11/25 at 16:00
13.5℉
SW - 10mph
Gusts 27mph
9100′   11/25 at 15:00
21℉
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.

The Daily Avalanche Conversation Video

Primary Problem: Wind-Drifted Snow

Past 5 Days

Sun Nov 8

None
Mon Nov 9

None
Fri Nov 13

None
Sat Nov 14

None
Thu Nov 19

None

Avalanche Activity- Cooke City Area

Photos- Cooke City Area

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  • A south facing snow profile near Lulu Pass in Cooke City. The bottom half of the snowpack is hard October snow. The top half of the snowpack is soft November snow. No propagation in an Extended Column Test. Photo: GNFAC

  • A north facing snow profile near Daisy Pass in Cooke City. There is an ice layer on the ground. Above the ice, half the snowpack is faceted October snow and half is November snow. No propagation in an Extended Column Test. Photo: GNFAC

  • "... from a mid elevation, due south aspect [on November 15 near Cooke City]. It sums up the structure around here pretty well. Knife hard melt/ freeze snow at the bottom (from the late Oct/ early Nov. warm up). Then about 40cms of F to 4F powder, on top..." Photo: B. Fredlund

  • Watch the video HERE!

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • After the storm from Oct 13-24, a strong southwest wind event on Oct 30 drifted the recent snow into slabs that avalanched naturally. Activity was mostly on NE aspects. Photo: B. Fredlund

  • 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

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Soda Butte Lodge, looking West

Soda Butte Lodge, looking East

Weather Forecast Cooke City Area

Extended Forecast for

2 Miles NNE Cooke City MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Snow showers.  High near 26. West southwest wind around 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

    Snow Showers

    High: 26 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm.  Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -5. West northwest wind around 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

    Snow Showers
    Likely then
    Isolated Snow
    Showers

    Low: 6 °F

  • Thanksgiving
    Day

    Thanksgiving Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 9 to 15 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 19 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind around 10 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 7 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 28. West wind 5 to 9 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 28 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 13.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 13 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 30 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 7.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 7 °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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