The week of February 5th began On Sunday with highs in the mid 40’s and some sun in places. By afternoon the temperature began to drop and the skies clouded over. Light snow showers were scattered across the region. Monday was warmer with highs in the high 40’s but a breeze made it feel a little cooler. Skies were overcast. Monday nigh the temperatures dropped into the low 20’s and rain and sleet moved into the area. The precipitation immediately frozen on cold surfaces causing a build up of ice on roads, driveways and walks. The temperature rose slightly throughout the day but never more than a few degrees above freezing. Wednesday’s temperatures should be in the mid 40’s with any precipitation falling as rain. Overnight on Wednesday a winter storm is forecast to move in dropping between 5 and 8 inches of snow before it ends on Thursday evening. Temperatures on Thursday will be in the mid 20’s with lows overnight in the single digits. Temperatures on Friday will remain much the same and may be slightly lower. Look for cloudy skies with perhaps a little sun at times. On Saturday the temperatures will rise again to the low 40’s and there may be some sow or rain depending on location and elevation. 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!