11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/26/2017
Observer Name: 
jg
Location Name or Route: 
Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Sun tried peeking out on and off during the afternoon. On and off snow but very little accumulation. Temps in the low teens at 9K.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #1 Comments: 

Where we traveled, in low, mid and higher elevation sheltered terrain, the persistent slab issue was the biggest and really the only problem we had to deal with. We were finding buried surface hoar at all elevations traveled.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
26
Comments: 

Long running cracks.

Traveled from 7400-10K, north half of the compass.

Still finding lots for buried and preserved surface hoar.

The storm slab is becoming more cohesive and we were getting large areas of connected snow to collapse and I can see a potential for avalanches becoming larger due to the increased connectivity of the slab. ECT and CT scores were in the easy to easy/moderate category with clean shears. Sun and warmer temps will be the other factor to be aware of in the next day or two.

Still feeling like there is a considerable danger in terrain similar to where we were traveling, places where surface hoar formed but wasn't knocked back by the wind. Tricky conditions. 

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