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Observation Date: 
12/24/2016
Observer Name: 
R. Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
laurel highway
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Almost constant wind while heading up the laurel highway this morning with no little to no visibility. Winds were in the upper 20's with frequent gust to 40. At times it seemed like a blizzard with Thursday nights snowing swirling around. It didn't seem that cold with temps in the 20's but their was a significant wind chill factor for any exposed skin. By 12:00 the clouds broke and the sun came out, but the winds continued.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
No new snow fell overnight and the winds have had their way with the snow from Thursdays storm. Any snow that fell out in the open during the last storm has been deposited on the leeward side of ridges and terrain features. We saw plenty of snow drifts and freshly formed wind slabs on our way to the top of the northwoods. We found some soft creamy snow trees. The Loop road is unplowed and very icy in places. Geyser Pass road is also unplowed and quite slick. We encounter numerous stuck cars and snow drifts in the usual spots.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Their was almost constant wind transport of the snow that fell a few days ago. Expect to find wind slabs on the leeward side of ridges and terrain features.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
The combination of freshly formed wind slabs, a poor snowpack structure and a possible 10" to 20"of new snow in the next 24 hours could lead to a widespread natural avalanche cycle.
Observer email: 
rkennard@alumni.unity.edu
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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