There is a heavy melt freeze crust on the surface (@11am) and doesn't look to soften with the colder daytime temps forecast today and for the weekend. Stormy weather rolling in as obs were being done. East CT results and easy ECT results @20cm on buried Surface Hoar. CT9 @70 cm as well on hardness change on Rounds.
There is forecasted snow coming in the PM today and continuing all weekend so it will be interesting to see if the new snow will bond to the melt / freeze crust .
There is a large storm due to in the PM today. This added weight on the snowpack will most likely see natural avalanches on steep loaded terrain. The Buried surface hoar below the 15cm of melt freeze will continue to be a issue moving forward so we will continue to monitor its bond strength.
Stay in simple terrain and steer clear of terrain traps and natural hang fire while skiing and touring. Enjoy the touring on the weekend and stay safe.