11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/30/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
A few scattered clouds, thicker at times, mild temperatures and gusty southwest winds were on the increase during the day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Many areas have old tracks, wind worked snow, some thin crusts, but dense loose snow in protected places out of the wind.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Approaching front today brought increasing winds from a west and southwest direction. Only minor cracking of fresh wind drifts, not much snow left to work with as the exposed ridge lines have been hammered from a week of steady winds.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Not much change in the snow pack with weak sugary faceted snow still easily identified in snow pits. The snow pack seemed a little relaxed right now, but today's winds may increase the hazard in localized areas.
Comments: 
Some lens clouds developing over the higher terrain with the approaching cold front this afternoon.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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