Storm snow in sheltered areas from the past couple of days has been found to be mostly right-side-up and bonding well. However, a weak underlying snowpack exists in many areas. On sheltered northerly facing slopes at mid-elevations a melt-freeze crust has been found just below the new snow with a layer of loose faceted snow underneath that raises some concern. While tests yesterday could not find areas where a significant enough slab existed above this weak layer to make a slope failure possible, it is something to keep in mind and assess locally. Spend a few minutes to take your shovel out and do your own tests especially as this new snow settles and could become more of a cohesive slab. Let us know what you find thru our observations page.
Sunny skies are expected this morning before some clouds return in the afternoon. Although temperatures will remain fairly cool, sunshine on new snow could result in some small loose-wet point releases, likely originating from rock outcrops.
And remember, a shallow snowpack with many obstacles existed prior to this new snow. Sharks in the form of rocks, stumps and logs are lurking just below this new snow surface!