Observation: Moab

Observation Date
Observer Name
R. Kennard


Location Name or Route
laurel highway
Wind Direction
Wind Speed
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
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
Wind Slab
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
Persistent Slab
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.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Snow Profile Coordinates