11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/10/2018
Observer Name: 
Kobernik-Kendall
Location Name or Route: 
Fairview Canyon to Huntington Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Wind was only somewhat existent along the most exposed ridges, otherwise fairly light.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Storm total is about 6" since Monday.  The snowpack feels quite inverted with denser snow on the surface and very loose faceted snow underneath.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #1 Comments: 

This storm was not enough to produce a widespread natural avalanche cycle although I'm guessing there were a few natural avalanches.  Whitney confirmed one avalanche near the Wedding Ring ridge.  Nonetheless, because the storm didn't produce as expected, the avalanche danger never reached HIGH today.

The way I see this playing out is now we have about 10" of snow sitting on top of all the weak faceted sugar snow from earlier this season.  Human triggered avalanches are likely on Thursday except there really still isn't enough snow for people to get onto those slopes (especially on sleds) that are likely to avalanche.  The new snow will probably "bridge" the weak buried snow to a certain extent and we will need a more significant load before we really see things get scary.

It's a bad set up, don't let your guard down this winter.

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