Clear skies in the AM becoming broken
Small loose wet avalanches in recent HST on steep, sunny slopes
Height of snow is about 60cm.
Sun crusts formed on the surface today. 14cm of recent storm snow rests on the 12/26 ice layer, which is so stout that it's supportive to skis.
While much of the snowpack is moist, less rain percolated below the ice crust compared to areas closer to the Cascade crest. Because of this, less of the upper snowpack has transformed to melt forms. Facets near the ground are still sharp, angular, and mostly dry. Compression tests yielded easy, sudden collapse results on facets, just above the ground. Temperatures in the lower 20cm were at 0 degrees C.