Observation: Moab

Observation Date
04/16/2016
Observer Name
Riley Jordan

Region:

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
Red Flags Comments
Didn't see any avalanches but high winds, throughout the storm, have mostly likely created pockets of unstable snow on leeward slopes.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wet Slab
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