11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/25/2018
Observer Name: 
Kikkert
Location Name or Route: 
Upper Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Strong southerly winds until about 430 pm when the front finally arrived. Many south and southwest facing slopes getting stripped of what snow they had. Snowing as of 5pm.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Still nice soft settled powder on sheltered shady slopes, but lots of wind damage everywhere else.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

See comments above and separate avalanche submission. These will be hidden by new snow tomorrow and may catch people off guard.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #2 Comments: 

These still lurk out there on north through northeast. Was finding very poor structure today in some pits, and OK structure in others. However, recent avalanche activity shows that pits may have limited utility right now due to a very spatially variable snowpack. In particular have noticed slabs coming out lower on the slope than expected. Best practice is to give them some more time.

Photo shows the stripping of the southerly facing slopes by the strong southerly winds.

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