I saw 1 natural D1.5 (estimated, mediocre light) near the head of Baker Ck, mixture of dry loose and soft slab characteristics on an alpine SE aspect. Moderate winds were moving snow at upper elevation ridgelines. Probably lots of soft wind slabs, soft cornice growth, and loose snow (sluffs) hazard to negotiate at upper elevations. Middle elevations appeared to be mostly spared from wind transport as of Friday afternoon. About 5-6" of new storm snow at Baker Ck summer trailhead, about 2-3" in the parking lot.
Mixed bag of weather with some S3 before partial clearing late afternoon.
Baker Ck headwaters
|D1.5||SS||N-Natural||Mixed dry loose and soft slab slide, appeared to start as dry loose but I'm not positive.||None|
I saw several tiny loose snow dribbles coming off very steep, exposed upper elevation ridgelines during the little bit of good visibility I had (Baker Ck, Norton Ck).
Hand pits along the road showed the new snow bonding reasonably well to the 2cm thick, hard sun crust below on 15-20 degree sun-exposed cut banks.
No formal observations as there were no real avalanche problems in the roadside terrain. I'm confident there are widespread wind slab and dry loose problems (D1-2 and mostly D1-1.5) in upper elevation terrain where the wind was actively transporting snow while I was out. I would expect natural and easily human-triggered soft cornice fall to cause more activity if the wind keeps blowing at moderate speeds.
I avoided all avalanche terrain during a very short mission to check new snowfall amounts and wind transport at middle and upper elevations.