Increasing cloud cover and moderate SW winds are expected today and may limit the amount of surface melt we see. However, with a weak freeze overnight and very warm temperatures expected it will still be good to monitor throughout the day, particularly if the cloud cover is less substantial than expected. Wet, sticky snow surface, rollerballs and pinwheels, and increasing boot penetration are all signs of surface warming and may foreshadow larger point release avalanches.
While we hope for a change of pattern and a return to winter-like conditions, over the last month we have seen the snowpack slowly dwindle. The quick storm and new snow last weekend was a welcome sight but unfortunately was not enough to change the big picture. Avalanche danger remains low and the variable and firm surface conditions coupled with the overall thin coverage remain the largest hazards. In many areas, the new snow has simply covered obstacles that would otherwise be visible. Some solar aspects that still hold snow have seen many days of melt-freeze cycle and resemble something more typical to late spring. Conversely many shaded aspects are harboring settled new snow, a variety of temperature crusts, and/or loose dry faceted snow. A fall could be hard to self-arrest in many areas and exposed rocks and other obstacles may increase the consequence of a fall. Continue to practice safe travel techniques and bring the proper equipment for your objective.