11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/5/2018
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Location Name or Route: 
Wellsville Mountain Wilderness, Coldwater Lake Area
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Light
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
6400
Slope Angle: 
12
Comments: 

I noted localized collapsing and cracking in previously drifted low elevation terrain

Video: 

The shallow snow is very weak and sugary everywhere.  The snow is mostly stable now, but it won't be once a slab made up of more cohesive new snow stacks up on it.

Snow is way too shallow down low. It is subject to a very steep temperature gradient, and all the snow on the ground is quite loose and sugary. 

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