A problem area along Highway
30 in Cottonwood County 10 miles west of Darfur is managed
by a 2000-ft linear planting of honeysuckle. This living
snow fence is set back 300-ft from the north side of the
highway to capture blowing snow before it becomes a problem
Steps used to design a living
snow fence given the climatological and topographic
characteristics at this site:
the snowfall over the snow accumulation season (SAS).
the prevailing winter wind direction by looking at:
prevailing wind direction for October - March and
the direction of predominant snow transport.
fetch distance for this site.
the snow water equivalent (SWE).
the mean seasonal snow transport, based on snowfall
over the snow accumulation season (SAS).
storage capacity, based on fence porosity and height.
the angle of the prevailing wind with the road.
model to get proper setback distance for fence.