Wet. That's how it started and ended. The groundhog in question was seeing his shadow around 4800-5200ft, as that's where it seemed cold enough to freeze and look like winter. Above that, modest accumulations on S and W aspects were stacked atop crusts and generally non-reactive.
However, switch the compass needle and things got freaky fast. We had numerous collapses just skinning up the south ridgetop of Werner, saw some shooting cracks, and discovered a fresh D1.5 from a fallen cornice that broke a foot deep on a NE slope at the top. Ridgetop winds were moderate to strong, and kicking in around 300ft below the ridge crest with some solid rime on the breeze for good measure.
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