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Observation Date: 
11/17/2015
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvant Range Foothills- Chalk Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Cloudy with the high country socked in. Very light snow at the mid-elevations.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

7" in town at 5100' yesterday in town.  Some damp snow in town, dry above the valley floor.  

12" above 6000' - settled depth, likely more before settlement.  Snow remained dry on all aspects above 5500'.  

Pine creek snotel site in the high country reporting over an inch of water and 14" new, currently a 22" HS.

 

 

 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

With the lack of data in Southwest Utah, I think it is worth mentioning that the high elevation snowpack is similar to what I saw in the Wasatch this past weekend and with over an inch of water added to a weak underlaying snowpack, I would expect a considerable danger.  I would guess that it will turn into a persistent slab issue.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Problem #2 Comments: 

Normal early season caution is warranted  due to the thin snowpack.  I stuck to dirt road skiing today.  This will apply to anywhere in Southwest Utah.

Comments: 

Photo, a different kind of competition in Fillmore, the start of the chalk creek road.  Skis did prevail after 1000' when the snow got too deep for ATVs.

My danger rating is based on a worst case scenario for the upper elevations.  Low in the low and mid elevations.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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