Snowfall began at 0730 and prior to any new snow coming in the surface snow conditions were covered in a deep coating of NSF's. Early morning temperatures were barely below freezing, and as a result the new snow came in damp. Because of this, the new snow at these mid elevations appeared to bond well to the old snow surfaces. In steeper terrain, the depth of the prestorm NSF's allowed for loose snow avalanches initiating in the NSF's that were down 2 to 3 inches .
At 1900 hours snow is still falling in the Cottonwoods, and it appears there is a tight band of Lake Effect that may be in play for at least another hour or two. Water content is now approaching 1/2 inch. With the moderate wind speeds in the highest elevations, and ample light speeds at the lower ridgelines, enough significant loading appears to be in place to initiate at least an isolated avalanche cycle overnight. Remote triggering appears to be possible on Sunday.. As cited above, the winds may also be contributing to this problem, and slab development may be enhanced because of this factor.
Both loose wet and shallow wet slabs may be a concern on Sunday with the forecast for clear skies and daytime highs at 9000 feet expected to be at and or near 40 degrees.
Any slides have the potential to dig down into the deeper faceted layers.
With the continued threat and the possibility of natural activity, either from overnight precip/loading, and or solar radiation during the day, a Considerable danger on Sunday appears likely on all the previously cited terrain aspects and elevations. Northeast and East aspects may be the worse.