Observation: Weber Canyon

Observation Date
01/21/2018
Observer Name
Colin Lacy

Region:

Location Name or Route
Western Uintas/Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
It felt pretty cold today, and the temperature was in the low teens. The wind shifted from the NNE initially to the NNW by late afternoon and remained moderate for most of the day with some brief periods of light wind, with a decent bit of wind scouring and wind loading. Sky was partly cloudy with periods of clear skies.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Zones that were sheltered from the wind held fresh, fluffy powder that was fun to ride. Wind crust observed on exposed ridgetop.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Big wind pillows and some wind slabs observed in sheltered, wind loaded zones. A persistent weak layer exists between 17 and 36 cm (100 cm HS) on North facing mid elevation slopes.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Moderate, sustained winds from the North led to a lot of wind deposition and the formation of wind slabs on some south facing aspects and on the south side of some sub ridges.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments
See above in Red Flags.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates