11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/21/2018
Observer Name: 
Sean Burkhart
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Wolverine Cirque
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Obscured skies with light snowfall made for low visibility this morning. SW winds varying from low to moderate transporting snow easily as well as new snow still slowly accumulating.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
14"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
14" of new low density Utah blower since the beginning of the storm on Friday. Right side up. Evidence of wind loading predominantly on NE facing slopes, but seems as if the winds were blowing in multiple directions throughout the duration of the storm.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Still a very spooky problem. With the added weight of the new snow, we could see some deep slabs breaking off in areas that still haven't slid (which appears to be a lot of slopes).
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Soft wind slabs have been forming and seem easy to trigger. With the moderate SW winds blowing most of the morning, I'd expect the danger of triggering soft wind slabs to increase throughout the day.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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