Weather for the week of March 19th

The week of March 19th began on Sunday with a sunny and warm day with highs in the low 40’s. On Monday the skies should be partly sunny with highs in the low 40’s. The highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 40’s with clouds in the morning giving way to sunny skies. On Wednesday it will be much colder with highs in the mid 20’s under partly cloudy skies. Winds in the tens will drop the wind chill to temperatures in the teens. The sun should come out on Thursday but the highs will still be in the mid 30’s. Friday may see some ice in the morning but the temperatures will rise to 40 degrees. The day will be cloudy with possible showers in the afternoon. Saturday the temperatures will rise into the mid 50’s with a change of rain showers most of the day. 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 a good idea to continue bringing along the spikes or crampons since the melting and refreezing can cause spectacular areas of ice on the trails. Snowshoes may 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!