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Observation Date: 
02/23/2017
Observer Name: 
kory
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Snowbasin Backcounrty
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Grauple all day. Very High Precip Rates.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
14"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

High density snow again today.  Lots of grauple.  14 in so far of new snow with .8in of SWE  and in 24hr 2.8 in SWE and 25" snow.  That means about 11% density average in the alst 24 hrs.  But the snow has been getting lighter all day and into tonight.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

Just too much snow to fast.  This problem could decrease when the snow shuts off.  But looking at radar still should snow for another hour or two.  So till Midnight.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Post frontal winds can usually transport a lot of snow here.

Comments: 

My party did trigger a 10" average storm slab under a rock band.  Did not really investigate but I would guess that grauple pooling.  Dr. Smith has a really good video mine isn't as good.  Snow did come in very right side up which is nice.  Tommorw should be more low density skiing lake effect snow.

Video: 

Reports from Cutler

Amazing skiing,

It was snowing all day. Light winds in the morning with little to no evidence of transport in the morning . Still a few spots where the bottom was crunchy. By 12 the winds picked up and snow was blowing and drifts forming. Wind slabs started to form. 8-14 new snow depending on the place. Oh yeah and the skiing was good! Real good! (Benny B)

Considerable at upper elevation if we get post frontal winds.  Moderate lower unless something crazy happens with precip over night that I am not seeing.

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