While our recent stint of calm clear weather has enticed many to venture into the high country it is worth keeping in mind that we are still dealing with a mid-winter snowpack. Be on the lookout for changing conditions and be prepared for variable snow surfaces. Recent observations speak to this special variability with reports of surface conditions ranging from slick supportable crusts where travel is difficult without crampons to cold unconsolidated powder where slough management remains crucial. Pick your routes carefully and be prepared for it all.
With slightly warmer temperatures and lower wind speeds today it’s worth keeping a lookout for signs of warming on solar aspects. While large-scale loose wet activity is unlikely don’t be surprised to see small point releases at lower elevations.