11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/28/2018
Observer Name: 
B
Location Name or Route: 
Upper BCC/Brighton
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Day started out with overcast skies and around 1400 there was a brief period of scattered with enough solar to adversely effect the southerly aspect at mid elevation. Winds remained light out of the WNW and appeared to be only a factor on the highest peaks. Tempertures rose rapidly to day and hit the mid 30's at mid elevations.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Melt-Freeze Crust
Rain-Rime Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Overnight there was a 1.5 mm rime crust that was deposited/observed from 8000 to 9800 feet. See above regarding solar damage and resulting melt freeze crusts. The good riding from the last two days took a severe hit, and now there is a zipper crust out there that is ridable but definitely not the quality of turning we had been enjoying during the past two weeks. 

 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

See above.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Loose wet activity was limited today in the mid elevations due to the thick cloud cover, but with the temperatures forecast to rise at least another 10 degrees on Monday in combination with clear skies, this problem should excalate at mid and upper elevastions. 

Danger continues to be a high consequence Moderate due to the persistent slab problem.

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