Weather for the week of November 19th

The week of November 19th began with a cool Sunday with bright blue skies and plenty of sun. The highs were in the mid 40’s. Monday was overcast and cool with highs barely reaching 40 degrees. There was moisture in the air most of the day as a heavy mist or light snow. On Tuesday the highs reached the low 50’s with plenty of sun and very few clouds. Wednesday was overcast with periods of snowflakes ion the air. The highs never made it to 40 degrees and there was a light wind most of the time. On Thursday it will be partly sunny but the highs will only be in the mid 30’s. No precipitation is in the forecast. On Friday it will be mostly sunny with highs reaching into the low 40’s. Saturday will see more sun with highs in the mid 40’s and the possibility of a shower. 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 coid mornings and cool afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to prevent it from accumulating in your clothing which can bring about hypothermia. 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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