11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/16/2016
Observer Name: 
Riley Jordan
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Unfortunately, the storm didn't bring the higher snowfall totals we were hoping for. It was mostly cloudy, windy and cold until the sun came out around noon. Once the sun broke, snow on Gold Basin Rd/trailhead began melting quickly and temperatures fluctuated significantly with the scattered cloud cover. From our location, winds seem to be coming from the east to southeast but I am confident that this was a product of swirling winds in the canyon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Snow was pretty sticky but hadn't bonded well with the melt-freeze crust below. Skiing ranged from not good to bad on northernly slopes, below tree line.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Warming temps over the next week could create some good corn conditions but as temps increase, so will the potential for wet slab slides.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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