Weather for the week of January 22nd

The week of January 22nd began with an unseasonably warm Sunday with highs in the high 50’s with sunny skies. By Sunday afternoon the sun had disappeared, the skies grew cloudy and the temperatures began to drop. On Monday the highs made it into the high 30’s in most areas under cloudy skies. Throughout the day the temperatures remained near freezing with the threat of freezing rain or sleet. An initial forecast of 5 to 10 inches of snow was, sadly, downgraded. A wintry mix will fall over night on Monday. On Tuesday expect some snow and a wintry mix throughout the day with highs in the mid 30’s. Wednesday will have intervals of clouds and sun with highs reaching into the high 30’s. Although the temperatures on Thursday will See little change from Wednesday the skies will be overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. By Friday the temperatures will drop into the low 30’s with a chance of snow showers. On Saturday the highs will stay below freezing with cloudy skies and snow showers. 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!