Weather for the week of February 26th

The week of February 26th began on Sunday with an overcast and cool day with highs in the mid 30’s. On Monday the skies will be cloudy with some sun and highs in the high 40’s. The forecast for Tuesday is for a cloudy morning giving way to afternoon showers with highs in the low 50’s. The rain will stay around for Wednesday with cloudy skies and showers for most of the day. The highs will rise into the mid 60’s. By Thursday the temperatures will drop into the high 30’s with partly sunny skies and highs reaching into the high 30’s. There may be some snow showers during the day. The temperature will drop further on Friday onto the low 30’s. There will be some sun but a possibility of more snow showers. The forecast for Saturday is for highs in the low 30’s with some sun and clouds. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, 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 has accumulated to greater depths and melts more slowly. 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 February 19th

The week of February 19th began on Sunday with a sunny and unseasonably warm day. The temperatures rose into the mid 50’s exceeding the forecast of mid 40’s. By Monday the temperatures had dropped a little with highs reaching the low to mid 40’s in places. The skies were blue without any clouds and the sun was shining brightly. On Tuesday the highs will be in the low 40’s with some sun giving way to clouds in the afternoon. On Wednesday the clouds will move out and the highs will reach 50. By Thursday the temperatures will rise into the low 60’s but the day will be cloudy. A little rain will move in by Friday with cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50’s. The rain may continue on Saturday with highs again reaching the mid 50’s. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, 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 has accumulated to greater depths and melts more slowly. 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 February 12th

The week of February 12th began on Sunday with at least 8 inches of new snow which fell from about 7:00 AM to around noon. The snow tapered off and sleet and freezing rain began to fall. More snow is forecast for overnight into Monday morning. The snow will continue and be heavy at times through noon on Monday. The winds on Monday will be sustained at over 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Temperatures will rise into the mid 30’s on Tuesday with some sunshine. Wednesday will be cloudy all day with a good chance of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain with temperatures again in the mid-30’s. Temperatures on Thursday will drop into the high 20’s and there will be a chance of snow flurries. On Friday the temperatures will remain in the high 20’s with a mix of sun and clouds. By Saturday the temperatures will rise into the high 30’s with partly sunny skies. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, 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 February 5th

The week of February 5th began On Sunday with highs in the mid 40’s and some sun in places. By afternoon the temperature began to drop and the skies clouded over. Light snow showers were scattered across the region. Monday was warmer with highs in the high 40’s but a breeze made it feel a little cooler. Skies were overcast. Monday nigh the temperatures dropped into the low 20’s and rain and sleet moved into the area. The precipitation immediately frozen on cold surfaces causing a build up of ice on roads, driveways and walks. The temperature rose slightly throughout the day but never more than a few degrees above freezing. Wednesday’s temperatures should be in the mid 40’s with any precipitation falling as rain. Overnight on Wednesday a winter storm is forecast to move in dropping between 5 and 8 inches of snow before it ends on Thursday evening. Temperatures on Thursday will be in the mid 20’s with lows overnight in the single digits. Temperatures on Friday will remain much the same and may be slightly lower. Look for cloudy skies with perhaps a little sun at times. On Saturday the temperatures will rise again to the low 40’s and there may be some sow or rain depending on location and elevation. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, 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!