Up to 20 cm of stiff storm snow sits on a widespread crust. Moderate southerly winds have likely formed pockets of wind slab in high elevation north facing features. Human triggering is most likely in the immediate lee of ridgecrest.
Avoid freshly wind loaded features, especially near ridge crests, roll-overs and in steep terrain.Back off if you encounter whumpfing, hollow sounds, or shooting cracks.
Aspects: North, North East.
Expected Size1 - 2
The sun can really pack a punch this time of year. Small doses of sun could initiate a loose wet avalanche cycle. The likelihood of loose avalanches increases as temperatures warm through the day and/or if the sun comes out for a period of time.
A moist/wet snow surface, pinwheeling and natural avalanches all indicate a weakening snowpack.Loose avalanches may start small but they can grow and push you into dangerous terrain.
Aspects: East, South East, South, South West, West.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.