Regional Conditions for Northern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today0″ | 20-45 SW
Nov 24 0″ | 10-20 W
Nov 23 0″ | 15-30 W
9980′     11/25 at 14:00
14.4℉
W - 19mph
Gusts 31mph
8100′   11/25 at 14:00
27℉
19″ 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

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Mon Nov 9

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Fri Nov 13

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Sat Nov 14

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Thu Nov 19

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Avalanche Activity- Northern Gallatin

Photos- Northern Gallatin

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  • 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

  • Skier triggered slide on 10/26 at Bridger Bowl near the top of Pierre's Knob lift. Photo: @taitbigmoneyswan

  • Skier triggered slide on 10/26 at Bridger Bowl near the top of Pierre's Knob lift. Photo: @taitbigmoneyswan

  • Wind-drifted snow avalanched naturally in a few areas of the northern ranges yesterday (10/23). This photo was near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Range. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • Wind in the last 36 hours left a fingerprint of ripples near Fairy Lake in the Bridger Range. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier on Mt Blackmore "observed some natural loose dry sluffs on the N face and the E face off the N ridge. They look like they came down in the last 24 hours with this new snow and wind; they were still fairly defined when I saw them." Photo: Jeanine Dalimata

  • A panorama of the snow covered peaks in the northern Madison Range taken from Sphinx Mountain. Photo: GNFAC

  • The mountains are snowy in the northern Madison Range. This photo is of the south face of Lone Peak and the Yellowstone Club with Beehive Basin in the background. Photo: GNFAC

  • Winds were blowing at upper elevations (+9,000') and loading slopes that were cracking and avalanching. Photo: GNFAC

  • Approaching the north face of the Sphinx we got shooting cracks in the new, windblown snow. It was a definite heads-up! Photo: GNFAC

  • While skinning up a south face in Frazier Basin today, skiers got 2-3" wind slabs to release. Photo: Max Cohen

  • A skier saw widespread small dry loose avalanches in Hyalite on 10/22. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • A skier saw widespread small dry loose avalanches in Hyalite on 10/22. Photo: B. VandenBos

  • 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.

  • Snow distribution high in the Northern Gallatin Range on October 19th. 

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • October snow drifting on Mt. Blackmore after heavy snowfall and strong west winds on October 19th.

    Photo: G. Antonioli

  • 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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Bozeman Pass, Looking SE

Weather Forecast Northern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

14 Miles SE Gallatin Gateway MT

  • This
    Afternoon

    This Afternoon: Snow.  High near 25. West northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow

    High: 25 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 8pm.  Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow Likely
    then Partly
    Cloudy

    Low: 11 °F

  • Thanksgiving
    Day

    Thanksgiving Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 20 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 13. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 13 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny

    High: 29 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17. South southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 17 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 29 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 13. West southwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 13 °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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