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Observation Date: 
01/21/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - Beaver Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Wind direction changed to north since yesterday. A lot of drifted snow including areas off of the ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

12" overnight.

HST (48 hrs) is >24" @10,000',  a bit of a density inversion in the upper 8".

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments: 
Red flags are for today. Recent crowns on SR153 below Merchant Valley in seperate ob. A lot of drifting, much soft cracking. Impossible to isolate new snow on pole cloumns and ECTPV. I was not able to isolate the upper poertion of the snow pack including the densty inversion. Sluffing during the storm in areas >40 degrees. I would not be surprised if there was a natural cycle during the night.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Considerable hazard.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

I would expect sensitive wind slabs in wind loaded areas.  Many areas of thick drifted snow today.

Comments: 

I would speculate that the hazard is primarily in the storm snow which is now >24".  Based on what I saw yesterday the storm snow sits on facets and a weak sun crust underlain by facets.  

Solid considerable hazard to say the least.  I could see it spiking to high during periods of increased PI.

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