Snow pack is changing with last nights small storm. The weak, faceted snow is now covered with a couple of inches of heavy snow capped with a rime "zipper" crust (see photo) on west aspects. We will be slowly creeping out of the "1st one's free kid" situation of being able to travel with impunity (except for the thin snow pack of course).
For those who would like to submit obs, but don't want to give away where they are skiing/riding, Please feel free to be a bit vague with your location like I did in this OB. the information is still valuable to the PAC forecasters.
A warmer damp day than the past week.
HST 2" capped by a rime "zipper" crust above 7,400 feet or so on west aspects. Not present in lee of trees or east aspects. A trace of graupel on top of the crust. Travel conditions are markedly different than it has been on the previous weak, faceted snow.
There has been enough wind activity to drift snow and fill in an old skin track (see photo above). Drifts up to 12" deep. The new snow and crust was cracking a bit in a localized fashion (see photo), not a real concern at this point, more of an indicator that the underlying weak, rotted snow will not support much weight in the future. These issues are not worth breaking out into individual problems at this point. I would assume that there is some increased hazard in upper elevation areas.
Still Traveling as per thin snow and booby traps aplenty!Close