Observation: Spring City Canyon

Observation Date
12/17/2016
Observer Name
Brett Kobernik

Region:

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