Weather for the week of January 14th

The week of January 14th began with a cold but clear day with some sun. The morning temperatures were cold but they rose to almost 20 degrees during the afternoon. Monday was sunny with some clouds in a blue sky. The morning low was 5 degrees with sunny skies. Some clouds developed in the afternoon but the temperatures did rise to 20 degrees before starting back down. Some light snow is forecast for overnight on Monday and this will continue into Tuesday. On Tuesday there will be from 1 to 3 inches of snow bringing the total snowfall to 3 to 6 inches. The highs on Tuesday will be in the high 20’s but a slight breeze will make it feel a few degrees cooler. Some snow may linger into Wednesday when the highs will be in the mid 20’s. Clouds will give way to sun but a persistent wind will keep the “Real Feel” temperature in the teens. Thursday will be mostly sunny with highs reaching into the high 20’s. The temperature will rise to the low 30’s on Friday under partly sunny skies. Saturday will be sunny to partly cloudy with highs reaching into the mid 40’s! Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting create ice flows. A further accumulation of snow in some areas will make snowshoes a good choice. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 January 7th

The week of January 7th began with a cold but clear day with some sun. The morning temperature was -5 degrees but that rose to almost 20 degrees during the afternoon. A warming trend(?) Will send the high temperatures sky-rocketing to the mid 20’s on Monday but the breeze will keep the “real Feel” temperature in the high teens. There will be some sun in the corning followed by clouds and a cane of light snow in the afternoon. Tuesday will start out cloudy but will give way to sun in the afternoon. The high will just barely reach 30 degrees which will seem WARM after so many days of COLD temperatures. The warming trend continues on Wednesday with times of sun and clouds and highs breaking above freezing for the first time in almost two weeks. On Thursday it will be milder with highs in the mid 40’s and a chance of rain showers in the afernoon. Friday will be even warmer with highs approaching 50 degrees but with drizzle and showers around most of the day. The clouds will continue through Saturday and the highs will drop into the low 40’s. Some snow is possible on Saturday. Microspikes are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting create ice flows. A further accumulation of snow in some areas will make snowshoes a good choice. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 31st

The week of December 31st began with a cold a clear New Years Eve Day with highs barely reaching 20 dgereesunder sunny skies. The wind gusted to 2 mph dropping the windchill to the low single digits. On Monday, New Years Day, it was even colder but with less wind. In most areas the thermometer barely hit the single digits with an early mooning reading in Livingston Manor of -8 degrees. A breeze again dropped the temperature to the single sits all day. Tuesday may show temperatures in the high teens on the thermometer but the 15 mph wind will drop the “feels like” temperature to near zero for the entire day. On Wednesday the high may reach into the low 20’s and the lack of any real wind will mean it will feel like 20 degrees. This will seem like a real warming trend! The wind returns on Thursday with highs in the low 20’s which will feel like the low single digits. There may also be snow flurries on Thursday. The brutal cold will return on Friday with highs in the low single digits despite some sun. The forecast calls for wind which will drive the “feels like” temperature below zero all day! Saturday will be COLDER with a high of 2 degrees and some sun. Hiking in extremely cold weather is foolish! Hiking is a recreational activity which is optional! There is always a chance that you may fall or become injured. Even a short period of time in extremely cold weather can result in hypothermia and DEATH! Microspikes are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s. A further accumulation of snow in some areas will make snowshoes a good choice. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!