Observation: Toledo Bowl

Observation Date
1/26/2018
Observer Name
cmackenzie
Region
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Toledo
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Clearing skies. Light snowfall ~1cm/hr.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
10"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

~20cm new snow, evidence of wind transport early in the storm. Right side up new snow, stellar dendrites on top of fragmented particles. Mid afternoon I was able to find some RR in the cold sunny southerly snow, however, I don't see this being a future issue.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
<p>Although it has been active only sporadically, this is still my primary concern. Anything above 9k holding old snow or with an easterly aspect is suspect. I don&#39;t see this going away anytime soon. Didn&#39;t see any slab activity within the storm snow and dry loose activity was manageable today.</p>
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
<p>Lots of transport pre-frontal from this past storm. NE aspects seem especially loaded farther down slope than expected from high wind speeds. Lots of cross loading across gullies.<br /> &nbsp;</p>
Snow Profile
Aspect
Southeast
Elevation
9700
Slope Angle
22
Comments
<p>Not entirely convinced that southerly aspects are free of poor structure. Although I was able to find faceted snow on SE aspects, I was unable to initiate a fracture in test pits.</p>
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate

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