Toured up to the Snotel site to clear the sensors. After a little TLC I walked around the top of Center Ridge and dug a few quick pits to take a look at the snow surfaces about to get buried by the incoming storm. The majority of the area has been sheltered from recent strong winds, and I found around 2″ low density snow from yesterday sitting on top of faceting snow from New Year’s Eve, which was on a facet-crust sandwich with two brittle crusts. I could not find any surface hoar along the top of Center Ridge, or in hand pits along the way.
These weak surfaces that are getting buried will be a concern as storm totals start to stack up overnight and into tomorrow.