Our snow pack is seasonably shallow. In the upper mountains, 6 inches of new snow sits on a 4 inch soft crust. Underneath lies layers of dry, sugary, faceted snow. No significant weak layer has been noted, though the snow pack is weak. Recently, east winds have picked up and temperatures have dramatically increased.
Expect a series of storms to pass through in the next couple of days. Precipitation will be heavy at times, with the freezing line well above our local peaks. Avalanche activity is expected in the upper mountains. Our shallow snow pack and lack of snow at lower elevations should keep avalanches from affecting the highway. Backcountry users should avoid avalanche terrain.
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