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Observation Date: 
03/5/2018
Observer Name: 
jg
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Upper Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Mostly overcast skies today but by the end of the day the clouds were scattered. Light snow with maybe an inch of accumulation during the day. Winds were moderate from the NNW early but switched to the west and were moving snow around. Teens at 9K and single digits at 10K. Felt cold today with the chilly temps, cloud cover and moderate winds.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Hard to say but maybe 3"-6" overnight. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
A few red flags but nothing alarming. Kept in mind the prefrontal winds before the storm. Cracking was minimal. The new snow did not seem reactive in pit tests or while traveling or skiing. The snowpack structure is still poor but in the area I traveled there was almost 6 feet of snow and the buried weak layers seem to have adjusted to the weight of the pack above.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Not much new to mention here. In the area traveled, I was feeling the bridging effect of the deeper snowpack was helping reduce the likelyhood of a persitant slab avalanche. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Not sure what the winds are supposed to do tonight and tomorrow but there's no shortage of light snow to move around.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
28
Comments: 

I had more snow at my house in Oakley than was at the 1000 Peaks gate (7400 ft.) but once you gained a litte elevation the snow started stacking up. Kept to mostly lower angle terrain but jumped onto some steeper slopes with no problems. The storm slab seemed well bonded to the old snow surface and there was some sluffing in the new snow but it was minor.

In the next few days the sun could be a factor in snowpack stability. 

Lots of "whalebacks" on the lee side of trees in the upper elevations from the strong winds. 

Repeater on an east facing slope.

Results of shovel shear.

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