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Observation Date: 
02/18/2017
Observer Name: 
Ryan Cutter
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Laurel
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Overcast with light to moderate snowfall this morning. Strong winds in the 30s gusting to 40s on the ridge tops.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
New snow was falling with around 3" at the geyser pass parking lot and 6" up higher at 11am. Snow was noticeably dryer with a gain in elevation.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
High winds were transporting new snow and loading the lee side of the ridge.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
New snow wind loading onto existing lee side wind slab and on top of melt/sun crust
Comments: 
New snow seemed to be bonding well despite melt crust from the past few days. Depending on storm totals and aspect I'd expect the danger to be in the moderate to considerable range tomorrow. Be on the lookout for newly formed wind slabs.
Observer email: 
cutter29@aol.com
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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