I observed early december buried surface hoar, weak facets under the New Year's storm and weak snow near the ground in this area too, especially at high elevations. In particular the surface hoar at higher elevations where wind has been loading seems strained here, giving snappy results on my tests.
Clouds and squalls on snow moving in and out, but no significant accumulation during the day. One to two inches of accumulation since yesterday.
Snowpack at mid and low elevation very rotten, to the point of making uphill travel outside of established skin track difficult.
12/7 is present at mid elevation S 1/4 giving for the most part clean hand shears, and 12/31 also easy to find but more dirty shears.
Pit SE 9600', windloaded location. HS 105
10cm DH on gnd under thin windbuff. The whole pack up to 70cm was faceted to various degrees. 12/7 @ 50cm FC with shards of SH ECTP13 Q1, a few other FC layers and 12/31 (@65) produced no results.
PST oddly no results, on two different columns. I don't put much weight on this, the layer must have been non-planar without me noticing or something.
At around 10000' i started to get cracking in the windslab, about 15-30cm down to FC layer underneath. Very isolated to the ridgeline, in the band were w.s. was stiff enough to produce cracks but not so stiff it hold my weight.
Layer Depth/Date: 30-55cm, 12/7; 20-30cm 12/31
Comments: Sensitivity varies depending on load, with high elevation wind loaded pockets being more reactive. Size also increases with elevation, I doubt mid elevation S 1/4 in this area can produce more than D1 given how faceted the slab is
I avoided avalanche terrain except for a short, planar treed pitch with clean run out and no wind loading.