Weather for the week of January 29th

The week of January 29th began with with highs in the low 30’s and partly sunny skies. Some overnight snow showers left as much as an inch of snow in some areas. By Sunday afternoon the sun had disappeared, the skies grew cloudy and the temperatures began to drop. On Monday the highs Will be in the mid 20’s with periods of sun and clouds. By Tuesday the temperatures will rise to the high 20’s but snow will move in with 1 to 3 inches throughout the day. Wednesday will By cloudy with highs in the low 30’s and snow showers throughout the day. Temperatures will drop into the high 20’s on Thursday with some sun but a continuing chance of snow showers. Friday will be partly sunny but highs will only be in the low 20’s. Saturday will be much the same with some sun and highs in the low 20’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 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!