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Observation Date: 
12/17/2016
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
Up to weather station and back
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Clouds and light snowfall lingered for most of the day without a whole lot of accumulation. Quite cold.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2'
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

After some VERY dense snow mid day Friday, the storm delivered some nice powder after the frontal passage.  I was finding 2' in many areas.  I measured 22" with 3.9" h2o at the weather station at 9400'.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8700
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

The older snow prior to this storm below 9400' (perhaps a bit higher although I didn't get above that today) is damp all the way to the ground.  It was just starting to freeze back up a bit when I was digging out the weather station.  This is going to make for a very strong base layer.  

I did not find any layer anywhere in the snowpack of concern.  I was not able to produce any clean shears or get propagation in tests.  The snowpack is looking very good to me.  I would continue to play it cautious on the steep higher north through east facing slopes where the recent insane wind has no doubt loaded those slopes.  Those slopes should continue to settle and become stable fairly quickly.

The new snow was almost too deep to travel.  By Sunday, travel should be already quite a bit easier.

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