11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/12/2018
Observer Name: 
J.Spitzer
Location Name or Route: 
Grizzly Gulch to Silver Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Wx summary : moring was light snowfall with overcasted skies. NW winds moderate with strong gusts at times in AM. By mid day clearing from the North West moved slightly over us with skies cover becoming broken. Wind decreased to but still strong gusts on ridglines. We witness intense wind transport in the AM on higher elevation ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

medium dense surface riding conditions on North and East aspects today.   This recent storm really help the overall coverage and much needed refresh in the Wasatch.  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

slowly (very slowly) decreasing danger as our spx gets use to the current load of the recent water weight.  The layer of the spx is still the same and this problem isn't going to fix itself anytime soon.  Low angle and avalanche resistent terrain is the game.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Recent strong winds with lots of snow for transport.   Today we noticed both recent wind load pockets on N-NE terrain as well as small isolated pockets on S-SE terrain near ridgelines.  

Comments: 

Don't let the sunshine tomorrow fool you.  The persistent slab is there so just avoid skiing/riding on steep slopes or being underneath them.  

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