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Observation Date: 
03/1/2018
Observer Name: 
Greg Gagne
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Upper LCC Perimeter
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Winds peaked around 1500, and had diminished noticeably by 1800.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

Small pockets of fresh wind drifts today at the mid and upper elevations. Although these were touchy, they were generally shallow, 5-20 cms (2-8") and not breaking out widely. Hard wind slabs from wind event earlier this week are now hidden underneath storm snow and new wind loading.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Was in upper LCC where I am feeling much better about persistent slab problem. I think this is much more of an issue in thinner snowpack areas outside of the upper Cottonwoods, as well as slopes that have slid this season. With a significant load expected this weekend, faceted layers both midpack as well as down near the ground may become active again. 

Comments: 

Moderate hazard late this afternoon. With strong winds expected Friday into Saturday, hazard rising to Considerable.

I have noticed a few observations coming in this week mentioning a layer of faceted snow on top of the dust layer from Feb 18 storm. Where I was today this visible layer was buried 60 cms (2'), and although it did have a 1-2 cm layer of facets on top, they were not weak and I could not get any shear at this layer. Pits results were ECTX.  

Photos of cracking and shallow wind drifts that were easily triggered with ski cuts.

Dusk patrol - was treated to beautiful lighting as storm clouds cleared. I'd say it was time for another storm!

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