Weather for the week of December 3rd

The week of December 3rd began with a cool Sunday with overcast skies and highs in the low 40’s. There was some sun in the afternoon. Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 40’s. On Tuesday the temperatures will rise again into the low 50’s under cloudy skies with a chance of afternoon showers. Wednesday will be much cooler with highs only in the high 30’s with clouds giving way to some sun. The temperatures will continue to drop on Thursday when the highs will be in the low 30’s with periods of clouds and sun. Friday will be cloudy and the cooling trend will continue with highs barely making it into the 30’s. Saturday will be cloudy with highs in the mid 30’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 cold 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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