Terrain: We traveled in the Phantom Tress area to near the Thunder Creek exit on Snoqualmie Mt. Mainly SE-S-W aspects 3100'-5300'.
The snow was deep! Thigh deep trail-breaking was the norm. Below 4400' the snow was very wet and heavy. You could see the effects of the near-freezing temperatures.
Above 4500' the snow was noticeably drier. The upper snowpack was generally right-side-up with increasing resistance to the 1/1 crust. Settlement cones were seen on nearly all trees and rocks. 1/1 was down 80-90cm around 5000'. The deeper 12/21 crust was 175-200cm below the snow surface.
In wind drifted areas, small slopes produce shallow 10-15cm slabs that were isolated to the drift. Other test slopes produced no notable observations, however these were small and well supported features.
Mostly overcast skies becoming obscured around noon. Winds at ridgecrest were southerly light gusting to moderate with light snow transport. Snow began around noon and quickly intensified.