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Observation Date: 
02/14/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Mill Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
A day of changing weather with the morning skies partly cloudy and light winds, but the afternoon skies were mostly cloudy and the winds were in the moderate range from the southwest and higher gusts on ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The last shot of snow a couple days back, put down about 4" of moderate density snow in the Mill Creek area. Riding and turning conditions are quite nice in sheltered areas out of the wind zone, but the winds were getting gusty and blowing lots of snow around today.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Winds were quickly changing the landscape today, creating lots of blowing and drifting snow even into lower terrain. Cracking of fresh wind drifts and shallow wind slabs were developing this afternoon. A day of rising hazard. The Mill Creek area has some thin and weak snow, but the snow stability was generally good today, however winds and an approaching storm will change the hazard.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Increasing winds were drifting and forming fresh drifts and shallow wind slabs along the ridge lines.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
No change in the stability this morning of the buried sugary faceted snow, but the increasing winds and storm moving in may be enough to increase the chance of triggering an avalanche?
Comments: 
Generally still thin snow cover in the upper Mill Creek drainage.
Spotted this natural avalanche while looking into Cataract Basin. A few days old and not too surprised to see some natural activity in this heavy wind loaded area.
Fresh wind drifts and shallow slabs were developing today on the high ridge lines with gusty southwest winds.
This slide that happened over a week ago is starting to fill in and could be a potential repeater avalanche with weak snow under the freshly drifting snow.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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