Weather for the week of December 25th

he week of December 25th began with sunny a pleasant Christmas day with highs in the 40’s. Monday began with temperatures hovering just around freezing with a forecast for freezing rain and ice later in the day. The forecast proved true as Sullivan County was hit by feeing rain which caused many accidents and closed roads for hours. By Tues day the temperature warmed and there was no moisture in the air. The highs for the day were in the high 30’s with some sun and blue sky. Wednesday was overcast for most of the day with only a few spots of sun and highs in the high 30’s. On Thursday the forecast calls for 2 to 6 inches of snow depending on location and elevation. The snow should stick in most places as the temperatures have kept the ground cold. The highs will be in the mid 30’s. By Friday the temperature will drop with highs in the high 20’s and the chance of some snow showers. Saturday should see temperatures again at around or just below the freezing mark during the day. The skies should be mostly cloudy. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in colder temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It is also time to start bringing along the spikes or crampons since the melting and refreezing can cause spectacular areas of ice on the trails. Snowshoes will be useful especially at higher elevations where snow fell instead of rain. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of December 18th

The week of December 18th began with a warmer than usual morning with rain and highs reaching the high 40’s in some areas. By midafternoon the temperatures had begun to drop into the high 20’s but the rain had stopped. Sustained winds with gusts over 20 mph brought the wind-chill into the single digits. On Monday the highs will reach only into the low 20’s but it will be sunny. By Tuesday the temperatures will begin to rise with highs making it to 30 degrees with more sun. The trend continues into Wednesday when the highs will reach the mid-30’s with partly sunny skies. On Thursday watch for rain in the morning possibly freezing on cold surfaces. This may be followed by snow showers with highs again in the mid 30’s. Friday will be warmer with highs in the high 30’s with sun and clouds. The temperature will continue to rise on Saturday with highs in the low 40’s and some sun. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in colder temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It is also time to start bringing along the spikes or crampons since the melting and refreezing can cause spectacular areas of ice on the trails. Snowshoes will be useful especially at higher elevations where snow fell instead of rain. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of December 11th

The week of December 11th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs in the low 30’s. Snow flurries appeared in the late afternoon and early evening and then the snow became steadier as the evening progressed. The forecast calls for snow and ice overnight and snow possibly turning to rain in the morning on Monday. Snow accumulation could be as high as 6 inches. The temperatures on Monday are expected to rise into the high 30’s with the precipitation turning to rain! start out bawl frizzing and the rise into the high 30’s during the afternoon. Tuesday’s highs will hover in the low 30’s with a mix of cloud and sun. By Wednesday clouds will move in and the highs will stay below frizzing barely reaching 30 degrees. VERY cold weather moves in by Thursday with highs only in the high teens and overnight temperatures below 0. Some snow flurries are possible. Friday will be even colder with highs in the low teens. although there will be some sun. By Saturday the highs will be back in the low 30’s with the chance of early morning snow. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in colder temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. It is also time to start bringing along the spikes or crampons. Snowshoes may also be useful especially at higher elevations. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of December 4th

The week of December 4th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 40’s. The forecast calls for snow and ice overnight and snow possibly turning to rain in the morning on Monday. The temperatures on Monday are expected to start out bawl frizzing and the rise into the high 30’s during the afternoon. Tuesday’s highs will again hover in the mid to high 30’s. A wintry mix may fall in the early evening. The moisture will move out by Wednesday and the temperatures will rise slightly to near 40 degrees. Thursday will be colder with highs barely reaching 32 degrees. The moisture returns to drop snow and rain in the area. Friday will be a few degrees colder with snow showers in the forecast. The temperatures continue to drop on Saturday with highs only in the high 20’s but there is now snow presently in the forecast. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to break out the winter clothing including gloves and a hat. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!