The week of February 26th began on Sunday with an overcast and cool day with highs in the mid 30’s. On Monday the skies will be cloudy with some sun and highs in the high 40’s. The forecast for Tuesday is for a cloudy morning giving way to afternoon showers with highs in the low 50’s. The rain will stay around for Wednesday with cloudy skies and showers for most of the day. The highs will rise into the mid 60’s. By Thursday the temperatures will drop into the high 30’s with partly sunny skies and highs reaching into the high 30’s. There may be some snow showers during the day. The temperature will drop further on Friday onto the low 30’s. There will be some sun but a possibility of more snow showers. The forecast for Saturday is for highs in the low 30’s with some sun and clouds. 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 has accumulated to greater depths and melts more slowly. 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!