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