In the first half of January, dry cold weather and a shallow snow pack promoted a sugary facet snow pack. Above tree line, easterly and northerly winds left a variable snow pack, from wind loaded to wind scoured. In wind protected areas, a significant surface hoar layer grew. Sunday morning brought 4 to 6 inches of light snow with little wind. By evening the freezing line climbed above 1000 feet, and another inch of water created a top heavy snow pack. Precipitation and temperatures decreased Tuesday. No recent avalanche activity has been observed.
Expect an occasional snowflake through the end of the week, with temperatures decreasing. Clouds may limit how cold we get, and north winds will move some snow Thursday through Saturday. Precipitation looks to return Sunday into Tuesday. The avalanche hazard may increase early next week.
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