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Observation Date: 
03/1/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Mill Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
The first half of the morning was partly cloudy with clouds and light snow developing in the afternoon. Southwest winds were steady and quite gusty on the ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Areas of dense settled snow can be found in very sheltered places, but generally the winds have been all over the place creating some rough riding and turning conditions.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Dug around in some of the more shallow places in Mill Creek and it is quite variable. I found places over 3' in depth and as little as 20" with nothing but facets. These shallow zones are lacking a cohesive slab on top, but this weekend's forecasted heavy wet snow should increase the avalanche hazard. Not a lot of snow to blow around, but the moderately gusty southwest winds were finding what snow there is and drifting onto the lee ward side of north facing slopes.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
A fresh round of wind slabs should develop out ahead of the next storm for this weekend.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Strong winds and heavy wet snow this weekend will add weight to the snow pack over loading the buried weak sugary snow and likely create dangerous avalanche conditions.
Snow Profile
Comments: 
The snow surface was a mix of dense loose and rough textured snow in Mill Creek today.
One of the more shallow areas in Mill Creek and not representative of all places in the area. In this location, it was nothing but loose weak sugary faceted snow. The approaching storm should add a cohesive slab on top of this weak structure and create dangerous avalanche conditions.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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