Snow surfaces were saturated approximately a foot (30 cm) deep at 6,800 feet at noon on a southeast aspect in the southern Mission today. Even northerly aspects were sticky and beginning to saturate. Large rollerballs were forming on the south and east aspects below 7,000 feet. It was easy to trigger wet avalanches that released underfoot that quickly entrained snow as they slid. There are 2 to 2.5 feet (60 to 75 cm) of snow in the flats at 4,300 feet. The south aspect we traveled had patchy coverage to 5,200 feet.
High wispy clouds did little to block the sun and the blue sky cleared after 11 am.
|Saturated snow was easily triggered on southerly aspects below 7,000 feet|