11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/12/2018
Observer Name: 
John Lemnotis
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Willows
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
The wind was a major player in the game until mid day. Mostly moderate with strong gusts and we could see active transport over the ridge and into monitors. The winds died later in the day and the sky opened up from time to time for a rather nice day in the mountains.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
In wind affected areas and open ridges much of the snow from the previous storm has been transported leaving behind a stout crust. New cornices were a little stubborn and we didn't tempt any wind loads. If you were off of ridge lines below the tree line the goods were preserved.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
The thick layer of facets from the ground is still the primary concern, although it will become more difficult to trigger these avalanches the results could be deadly. I would caution against the high north through east facing terrain as it will be a long time before this problem is resolved.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Wind slabs from the strong NE winds over night and this morning will firm up a little but could still be problematic over the weekend. Be mindful of where cornices form, hollow feeling snow, and artificially deep snow pack areas.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
High
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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