11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/12/2018
Observer Name: 
Sean Burkhart
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Patsey Marley
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Obscured sky all morning with light to moderate snowfall made for some low visibility. Winds were back and forth between light and moderate and was moving snow.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
4 inches of snow on top of the snow from the previous storm made for some good riding this morning. Snow certainly not classic Utah blower but much lighter then the snow we received between Monday and Wednesday. Significant wind loading on N to E facing terrain making for some dangerous conditions on slopes above 30 degrees and cornices growing a bit larger. Noticed some 2 to 3 foot cornices growing off the NE ridge of Patsey Marley. Noticed small cracks on slightly steeper slopes that had been wind loaded and cornices were cracking but didn't seem to have enough mass to disrupt the snowpack.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
SW winds moving snow rapidly. Look for signs of "fat pockets" of snow and cornices depicting previous wind directions.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Unfortunately this problem is going to be around for a while in areas sheltered from the sun.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
High
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
High
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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