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No avalanches or signs of instability were observed during a tour to Sun Bowl today. Ridgelines and exposed terrain features above treeline are scoured down to bare ground. Much of upper Sun Bowl, upper Powder Bowl and Broadway on Green Butte Ridge are bare. So much bare ground is exposed that the wind is blowing dirt off ridgelines and onto snow surfaces on slopes below. A small cornice still exists near the top of Sun Bowl. Evidence of wind loading can be found in lower Sun Bowl. Unreactive wind slabs were found in isolated areas: SE aspects between 8,000-8,500 ft. Snow surfaces were firm and icy above treeline and almost all of the recent snow has blown away. Shallow snowpack hazards exist near and below treeline, and the 3-4 inches of recent snow has settled 1-2 inches and is now capped by wind and sun crusts.
NW winds were strong and gusty. Partly sunny skies in the morning became overcast by noon.