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Observation: Pine Creek

Observation Date
12/8/2023
Observer Name
Richie Schumacher
Region
Ogden » Pine Creek
Location Name or Route
Nordic valley ridgeline
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Winds gusting strong with lots of moving snow. Felt warm out of the wind and cold in the wind.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Variable 4-18" new and wind blown snow on top of a stout melt freeze crust that got harder as we descended (1F near top, P near bottom)
Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Had cracking and collapsing near ridgeline in wind drifted snow 6-18” deep. Sitting on the stout melt freeze crust that has small grain facets on its top and bottom sides. Once undercut, the wind slabs would move, but generally seemed low energy for now. No cracking or collapsing from the deeper PWL under crust or at ground.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
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