Weekend Snow Report for February 14 – Check Before You Go!

Weekend Snow Report for February 14 – Check Before You Go!

As the weekend approaches, make sure to add looking at the snow report to your gear checklist!

Avalanche risk and conditions of the snow pack are as important to your safety as your snowsuit.

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WESTERN WYOMING AVALANCHE ADVISORY

A strong, moist Pacific storm is moving through the area. Light snowfall developed before dawn and increased to snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour in some areas of the mountains. Snowfall amounts since early this morning are 10 to 14 inches in the Tetons, up to 9 inches on Togwotee Pass and 7 inches on Blind Bull Summit and Commissary Ridge in the Greys River area. Valley locations generally have received 2 to 6 inches. Temperatures were in the teens and 20s in the mountains and increased to near freezing at the lower elevations. Southwest to west winds at 30 to 50 with gusts from 45 to 75 miles per hour have caused substantial drifting.

A slide ran onto the highway south of Jackson around 12:30 PM today. One vehicle was hit, however no one was injured. Another slide released on a southeast aspect above Jackson and temporarily blocked the flow of Flat Creek.


FORECAST FOR Thursday, February 14, 2019

Moderate to heavy snowfall will continue overnight and decrease during the morning hours. Heavy snowfall is forecast to resume tonight. Forecast snowfall totals for the next 24 hours are 10 to 20 inches in the mountains and 4 to 8 inches in the valleys. Southwest winds will also continue overnight at speeds of 30 with gusts to 50 miles per hour. Like the snowfall intensity those winds will decrease in the morning and increase again in the evening. Temperatures will be on the increase and will rise into the upper 20s in the mountains and well into the 30s in the valleys.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche warning effective from 5PM this evening until 5 PM tomorrow evening. This warning may be extended or discontinued as conditions warrant. The warning is in effect for all three of our forecast zones and includes the valleys in those areas.

Strong winds, warming temperatures and heavy snowfall have created very dangerous conditions at all elevations. Natural avalanche activity occurred today and may become widespread, especially during the overnight. Large avalanches could impact roadways in the river canyons, on Teton Pass and beneath buttes and steep hillsides. Steep hillsides, steep banks and road cuts have and are likely to slide. Slides are possible on steep slopes that may not normally slide. The general avalanche hazard is high at all elevations. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.


TREND THROUGH THE WEEKEND

The next system will usher in heavy snow tonight and into Friday. Periods of light snowfall are forecast through the weekend. Very dangerous conditions are likely to continue into the start of the weekend.
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For area specifics, go to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website.

View a real-time snow accumulation map HERE.


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