Observation: Moab

Observation Date
02/20/2017
Observer Name
Ryan Cutter

Region:

Location Name or Route
The Funnel
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Nice sunny day with scattered clouds
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Around 4 or 5 inches of new low density snow overnight adding to the storm total. By noon the sun was changing the exposed areas and surface was becoming damp
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Red Flags Comments
There appeared to be some shallow activity off the high ridgelines. Without being close my assumption would be lee side wind loading.
Comments
Overall a nice day to be out. Skiing conditions were good. We skied a southwest facing line with 5" on top of the old smooth melt surface. The new snow felt very stable and was becoming damp from the sun. I would not have been surprised to see roller ball activity a little later in the day and the new snow depth increased as we descended to lower more sheltered areas protected from the high winds during the storm.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates