Weather for the week of 10/29/17

The week of October 29th begins with rainy and breezy Sunday with highs in the low 60’s. The rain may be heavy at times causing local flooding. The rain may continue into Monday morning and the rest of the day will be cloudy and cool with highs in the high 40’s! Tuesday will be partly sunny but now warmer with highs in the high 40’s. The cool weather will stick around on Wednesday with highs in the mid 40’s and the possibility of some showers. Thursday will be warmer but there is a chance of a passing shower with temperatures rising into the mid 50’s under cloudy skies. On Friday there is still a chance of showers and some drizzle with highs in the mid 50’s. Saturday will see a couple of showers and cloudy skies with highs in the mid 50’s. When the weather is warm, a rain shower sometimes feels good. In cooler weather wet clothing and a light breeze can be the start of hypothermia. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

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