11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/18/2017
Observer Name: 
Michael Janulaitis
Location Name or Route: 
Mt. Watson
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
West
Weather Comments: 
It was above freezing this morning at the MLH parking lot however the snow was frozen. Stong wind while hiking up the south face of Mt. Watson, then later on the peak and in the bowl light wind. 60 degrees at the trailhead when we arrived back at the trucks at 1:45.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Excellent consistent corn top to bottom!  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

The snow up high remained as corn on the east slopes, however; midday there were a few spots on the southern half of the compass that had visible water on the surface.

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

Although I felt the cornices were solid today, I feel the cornices are getting ripe to fail.  They are dripping water and creating icicles. If temperatures continue to remain warm, I expect the cornices to start failing over the next few weeks or even days.

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