Observation: Pavant Range

Observation Date
11/22/2016
Observer Name
Toddeo

Region:

Location Name or Route
Pahvant Range - Dead Horse Pass (Horse Hollow)
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Partly Cloudy this afternoon. Calm
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
High
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

4" new at 7500.  Snow line at about 6000 on shady slopes at the end of the storm.  It looked like it was raining up high yesterday.
 

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
None, I was in the foothills. Still not sure if there is enough in the high elevations for hazard, but with the accumulations from 3 storms it is worth paying attention in the future.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Normal Caution
Problem #1 Comments

Normal caution for a thin snow pack as well as for driving on slick muddy roads.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
7700
Slope Angle
10
Comments

HS approx. 8" , HST approx. 4'. No faceting at this location.  Trees were covered in rime but I did not observe a rime crust.  Would be worthwhile looking for one if anyone is in the upper elevations.

Photos of rime on trees.  At 1st I thought it might have been freezing rain but on closer inspection it was rime that went through a melt-freeze cycle today.

I think I am safe saying no danger in this area.

 

Note: Dead Horse Pass is named after a dead horse that went lame and was put down by a hunter, luckily it is almost completely covered by snow.

 

Central UT Snotel Sites:

Pahvants:

Pinecreek 14" (8,800')

Bob's Hollow 8" (9,300', this is a brand new site)

Tushers: Big Flat 12" (10,300')

Brainhead: 12" (9,970')

Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
Snow Profile Coordinates