The week of January 15th began a cold Sunday with highs in the mid twenties but with clear skies. On Monday the highs made it into the high 30’s in most areas under sunny skies. On Tuesday expect some freezing rain and ice on and off throughout the day turning to mostly rain in the afternoon. The highs will only be in the mid 30’s. There may be some rain and sleet in the evening turning to rain overnight. The highs on Wednesday will reach into the high 30’s but it will be cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers in the afternoon. By Thursday the precipitation should end and the skies will be partly sunny with high in the low 40’s. Friday’s temperatures will be much the same vu the skies will be mostly cloudy. The temperatures will drop into tTe high 30’s on Saturday with the chance of a morning shower and cloudy skies throughout the day. 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!