11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
11/24/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Chalk Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Wind was moving snow around today. I only made it to 8,000' feet or so but the high peaks looked wind affected. Snow was blowing this morning down to 7,500' or so.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

3-4 inches of new snow above 7,500'.  Bob's Hollow snotel is reporting 5" at 9,300'.  Sunny southerly aspects were getting damp by early afternoon.  New snow is bonded well (that is where there is underlaying snow....).

Some surface hoar in places (see photo below).

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

I would say based on the wind this morning a moderate hazard is warranted in the upper elevation  wind loaded areas.

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

Very thin snow pack, I am still trying to travel on roads.

Comments: 

Photo below:

Surface hoar and metamorphosed Dendrites.  7,500' elevation on the Chalk Creek Road.

Photo Below:

Thanksgiving would not be complete without Pilgrims......The California type.  This is there high point.

Photo below:

Happy Thanksgiving, not enough time to upload 27 8*10 color glossy photographs....

I think there is enough snow in place coupled with last night and this morning's wind to assign a hazard of moderate to upper elevation wind loaded areas.

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