Beautiful blue and cold day. Didn't feel like ambient temperatures climbed above ~30 F at upper elevations. Steady NW winds blowing at upper elevations, restricted to ridgelines.
None observed, beyond D1 wet loose dribbles from previous warm weather.
Snowpack in this area seems to be tracking pretty well with other snowpacks I've observed in the region this season. Solar aspects have been completely burned off, often up to at least 9,000'. Where snow exists on these aspects it is pretty thoroughly cooked, with multiple thick, icy, crusty layers dominating the snowpack. Surfaces on solars are very icy, many are presenting as variably thick water-ice crusts. The major wind event on 12/5-6 was able to rip up some of these crusts (often exposing older crusts below). This wind produced a significantly more variable snow surface at upper elevations and in quite a bit of middle elevation terrain as well. I suspect this will help mute the sensitivity of the surface at upper elevations on the average, but will probably make it harder to assess individual slope stability.
As you wrap away from sunny aspects and toward the northern half of the compass the snowpack becomes increasingly concerning. On shaded slopes there are several sets of crusts in the upper snowpack interspersed by layers of facets. The worst faceting is occurring below the surface crusts, but in most areas the entire pack seems to be in a faceting regime. The cold weather isn't helping. The lack of a slab on top of this weak snow makes it hard to assess how it will behave as it gets loaded, but I'd imagine we will see a fair bit of avalanche activity if we throw a big punch of water at this snowpack.