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Cloud cover was much thicker that forecast this morning which drastically affected the amount of snow surface melt on solar aspects. Below the summit, E aspect snow at about 9,000' was not previously affected by melt-freeze.
N aspect terrain held unconsolidated surface snow with very minor amounts of near surface faceting. This N aspect snow between 6,800' and 7,800' was observed to enter into its first melt cycle during the late morning hours. A testpit dug at the noted lat/long (N aspect, 8,700') showed no signs of instability with excellent bonding of the recent storm snow to the rain crust below. Melt forms below the rain crust were still wet and not fully refrozen (previously rain soaked snow). The existing snowpack appears to be in good condition to handle new snow loading.
Cloud cover over the northern portion of the forecast area at 10:30am.
Heavier cloud cover approaching at 10:30am.
Increasing colud cover over the southern portion of the forecast area, but less than to the north.