High pressure has settled in over California again and temperatures will climb even higher today than yesterday. Poor overnight freezing will continue to wreak havoc on our shallow snowpack. The snow surface will thaw a little more today creating wet avalanche problems where the melting is most intense. Melt water between snow grains dissolves the bonds that hold them together, like dipping a snow ball in a puddle. Wet snow that isn’t bonded in place can slide down steep slopes as loose wet, or even wet slab avalanches. Especially near rocky outcrops and in cirques and gullies, wet avalanches will be possible as the sun burns its way across the sky. Be attentive to rollerballs coming down the hill around you. They indicate that wet snow is loosing strength. Getting off of steep solar slopes before they get too warm is your best travel technique for dealing with wet snow avalanches.
Winds overnight were reliably of moderate intensity and from the west-southwest. These winds will continue into the afternoon as the Pacific Northwest gets another storm. Any new wind slab formation, however, would require upwind slopes to have significant snow available for transport onto easterly slopes. Release of new wind slabs would require poor bonding of the new slab with the underlying snow surface. It is not impossible for a few isolated ridgelines to develop a new wind slab today, but with warm temperatures all the way up into the alpine, the chances of that scenario seem dim. With any luck the wind will keep the snow surface a little cooler and prevent widespread melting.
Below ~9,000’ rocks and brush are still poking up from the surface and avalanches will have less snow to move down the hill.