11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/21/2018
Observer Name: 
Colin Lacy
Region: 
Uintas
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
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
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 Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
See above in Red Flags.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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