Weather for the week of February 25th

The week of February 25th began with a cool and overcast Sunday with highs staying just below 40 degrees in most areas. Rain showers were spotty in the area throughout the day. Monday it will be partly sunny and milder with highs in the mid-40’s. Tuesday the highs will reach almost 50 degrees with plenty of sun. Wednesday will be mild with sunny intervals and highs in the low 50’s. Thursday will start out partly sunny but rain will move in during the afternoon. The highs will be in the high 40’s. Rain will continue through most of Friday with highs in the low 40’s. By Saturday the rain will move out but the day will be overcast with low clouds and highs in the high 30’s. Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting creates ice flows. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations but may be unnecessary as the snow melts in the warm temperatures. 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 February 18th

The week of February 18th began with several inches of snow on the ground for Sunday morning. The temperatures in the morning was in the high 20’s but quickly rose to nearly 40 degrees in most areas under partly sunny skies. On Monday there will be occasional afternoon rains showers under cloudy skies with highs near 40 degrees. Tuesday will be partly sunny with highs nearing 60 degrees. Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week and could set records as the high temperatures may reach the mid 60’s under partly cloudy skies. There may be some showers Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday the temperatures will drop back into the mid 40’s under partly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon showers. There may be a bit of ice on Friday morning but the high temperatures should be above 40. Saturday the high will be in the low 50’s with a chance of drizzle. Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting creates ice flows. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations but may be unnecessary as the snow melts in the warm temperatures. 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 February 11th

The week of February 11th began with a rainy Sunday. The temperatures started at near freezing but rose into the low 40’s as the rain continued throughout the afternoon. On Monday the clouds will decrease but so will the temperature with highs only in the low 40’s. The wet snow will freeze leaving roadways hazardous in the morning. Clouds will increase on Tuesday but the temperature will remain about the same with highs staying right around freezing. Wednesday will be milder with mixed clouds and sun with highs reaching into the mid 40d’. Rain will again move in on Thursday and the temperatures will continue to climb reaching the low 50’s under cloudy skies. Friday the temperate will drop back into the low 30’s under partly sunny skies. Clouds will roll in for Saturday and the highs will again be in the low 30’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. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations. 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 February 4th

The week of February 4th began with a cool and windy day on Sunday. Snow developed Sunday evening and some 5 inches fell making then roads very dangerous. The snow continued into the early morning delaying school openings. On Monday the skies cleared some but it remained cold with temperatures in the high 20’s and a stiff breeze. On Tuesday the skies were sunny and blue but the temperature did not get above freezing. The skies began to cloud over in the afternoon foreshadowing the coming storm. The snow began to fall in the early morning hours on Wednesday and continued into Wednesday night. The snow fell hard at times and accumulated another 6 to 8 inches on top of the existing snow. Thursday will have times of sun and clouds with highs in the low20’s. Friday the temperatures will rise to the mid 20’s with a little snow possible. Saturday will be much milder with highs reaching into the low 40’s with some rain showers. The wind chill on Saturday will keep the “Real Feel” temperature right around freezing. Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting create ice flows. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations. 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!