Weather for the week of March 26th

The week of March 26th began on Sunday with a sunny and warm day with highs in the low 40’s. On Monday the skies were overcast with showers in the morning but clearing in the afternoon. Highs reached the low 40’s. The weather on Tuesday brought more showers and colder temperatures with highs reaching only into the high 30’s. On Wednesday the sun broke through with blue skies and a slight breeze. The afternoon highs reached into the mid 40’s. Thursday’s weather was much the same with sunny skies and even more sun with less wind. The highs again reached the high 40’s with less wind. On Friday the temperatures dropped significantly never reaching higher than the mid 30’s. Temperatures at higher elevations were even lower. Showers, freezing rain and sleet fell for a good part of the day making roads dangerous. Saturday the temperatures will rise into the high 30’s with a chance of rain showers throughout the morning. The rain should move out by noon but the temperatures will only rise to 40 degrees. 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!