11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/6/2017
Observer Name: 
C Brown
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Upper Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Snowing and blowing in the morning to slightly backing winds and blue skies by the afternoon. Observed moderate winds on 10,000' ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

8" or more of new snow that was wind effected and upside down where effected by the wind.  Would stop me dead in my tracks on the ridge lines.  Cold light powder on the protected slopes.  Lots of available snow for transport.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

Saw widespread sensitive shallow soft slab wind slabs through the day.  Easily triggered and natural triggered from loading and new cornice fall.  Very predictable and right off the ridge lines.  Would think these are slightly thicker at higher elevations and possibly stiffer.  Would expect them to become stiffer, more stubborn and more connected with the continued winds.  The problem should settle out quickly.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Problem #2 Comments: 

The corni continue to grow and are getting larger and more sensitive with the new low density snow added to them.

Comments: 

Picture of the wind transport going on at 10,000' ridge lines, two pictures of soft sensitive wind slabs easily provoked, and a picture of a mid sized cornice, there are some monsters out there way bigger than this one.

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