I went up to Hurricane Ridge to go snowshoeing and hiked out to Hurricane Hill last Monday on the MLK holiday. The snow was very firm so I didn't end up needing the snowshoes.
The weather over the last week has been strange. The last few years we have had a strong inversion in January and it seems to now be a common thing for us here in the Northwest. Or maybe it has only taken me until now to realize we have these every year, I don't know. The definition of an inversion from dictionary.com is "a layer of the atmosphere in which there is a temperature inversion, with the layer tending to prevent the air below it from rising, thus trapping any pollutants that are present."Whatever the reason, when there is a strong inversion, a trip to the mountains should not be missed. We enjoyed 65 degree weather at 5000 feet. It was 35 degrees at sea level so you can see why the mountains are a very desirable place to be.