The weather was pretty dynamic today. Periods of light snow fall and near zero visibility would shift to mostly clear skies and sunshine.
Wind Slabs: There were signs of a few (~4-5) shallow wind slabs that looked like they occurred yesterday (?) or the night before. These were typically on NE-SE aspects below cornices or cliffs.
Loose Wet: I was able to trigger a 2 small (D1) loose wet (push-o-lanches) at 4200ft on a S aspect around 230pm.
Wind: There were plenty of signs of wind transported snow: scoured slopes, blowing snow, cornices, textured surfaces, drifts, snow knocked out of trees, and firm pillow-like slabs. Many of these signs extended down into the top of the below treeline area. Most of the wind slabs I encountered were very firm and some felt hollow (hard slabs). While they didn't fail on small slopes, they did occasionally fail on up-track tests. In these locations small (2-4mm) surface hoar was found below the slab. Based on the firm nature of the slabs, I stayed out of larger steep wind loaded features.
With wind slabs prevalent throughout the terrain, the upper snowpack has a bit of an up-side-down nature to it now. We only found deep soft snow in very sheltered and treed terrain.
The sunshine and warm temperatures caused mostly piles of roller balls form steep rocky southerly terrain (at all eleavtions) and open slopes below treeline. A new crust has formed on these sunny slopes.
A fresh crop of surface hoar was found in most open areas away from ridgecrest.