Regional Conditions for Southern Gallatin

as of 5:00 am
Today1″ | NA
Nov 24 0″ | NA
Nov 23 0″ | NA
9460′     03/27 at 14:00
NW - 0mph
Gusts 1mph
9000′   11/25 at 14:00
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

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Avalanche Activity- Southern Gallatin

Photos- Southern Gallatin

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  • 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

  • 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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Weather Forecast Southern Gallatin

Extended Forecast for

17 Miles SE Big Sky MT

  • This

    This Afternoon: Snow showers.  High near 25. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Showers

    High: 25 °F

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before midnight.  Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow

    Low: 10 °F

  • Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -5. West southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

    Partly Sunny

    High: 21 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -5. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 6 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 30. South southwest wind around 8 mph.


    High: 30 °F

  • Friday

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 12 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 30 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 11.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 11 °F

  • Sunday

    Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 31.


    High: 31 °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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