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Observation Date: 
01/15/2016
Observer Name: 
Kendall/Kobernik
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
Spring City Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
We left the warm valley and rode up into the clouds today. The cloud base was around 7800ft with white out conditions and moderate wind gusts on the ridges. Light snow fell most of the afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

We found 4-8" of new snow between 9000 -10000 ft. The new snow fell on a variety of surfaces from crusts (wind and sun) to near surface facets. The low density new snow was unreactive on these surfaces in our location. We stayed on slopes less than 35 degrees and found good powder conditions in the trees. We noticed some minimal snow transport by the gusts on the lower ridges but assume it was more pronounced at the peaks. The upper elevation exposed terrain held a stout crust under the new snow and visibility was poor. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
We were expecting to find more instabilities at the new/old snow interface given the condition of the surface snow (NSF) on which the new snow accumulated. If the wind picks up tonight the additional loading of the near surface facets could create instabilities at this new/old snow interface.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments: 

I would be suspicious of slopes where wind has deposited snow off the upper elevation ridges onto the easterly facing slopes.  

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