About 2" of new snow, getting moist and sticky everywhere at mid to low elevation where the sun got to it. Wind slabs isolated to immediately below ridgeline, and cracked when provoked.
Clearing skies over the Boulders, by 1300 CLR to FEW. Smokies were under cloud cover all afternoon. Hn about 5cm. Snow took a lot of radiation on all aspects except true north. Above 9400´ W facing slope the snow was still dry at 1600.
Winds were calm with light to mod gusts, occasionally moving some snow but too inconsistent to build any slabs.
N face Spring/King divide
N 10500 est
|D1||L||N-Natural||A handful of small dry loose slides on very steep, rocky N facing terrain||None|
S face S arm Galena peak
|D1||WL||N-Natural||A handful of small dribbles on very steep, rocky S facing terrain.||None|
I saw a few dry and wet dribbles on very steep, rocky terrain, but no widespread activity. No slab avalanches spotted.
Hn getting gooey and sticky in the afternoon everywhere except true N and W above 9500'. Snow from weekend seems to have been baked down into the crust on W facing terrain at mid elevations.
S facing did not seem to have enough fresh load to cause a wet loose cycle.
Wind slabs on N-NE were confined to close proximity of ridgeline, in this area resting on old wind hammered alpine surface. I did get a few cracks but nothing big enough to move.
Layer Depth/Date: 3/14
Comments: Location, distribution and sensitivity also based on yesterdays' obs.
I closed all wind loaded avalanche terrain and did not linger under steep solars.