Snow accumulation started light and increased throughout the day as did winds. By late afternoon ~2 inches of new snow had fallen and strong east winds made it feel like it was snowing sideways. Visibility was ~100 feet.
No avalanches observed, visibility to surrounding hills was obscured by clouds.
By 3pm, 5cm of fresh snow sat atop a crust. Snow hardness changed in the upper 15cm of the snowpack through a series of crust-snow sandwiches. Beneath these layers, hardness increased until a knife hard layer roughly 40cm from the surface. A compression test gave the impression of stability. A fracture occurred in the column just above the 40cm deep crust at CT17.
When venturing into mid and upper elevations keep your eyes peeled for signs of wind slab like shooting cracks and a hollow feeling underfoot.