Weather for the week of December 24th

The week of December 24th began with clouds that gave way to sun in the afternoon with a high of 38 degrees. The forecast for overnight on Sunday is for snow starting before midnight and continuing into the early morning hours on Monday. Accumulations should be from 3 to 6 inches with more possible. The higher elevations should see more snow. There will be a White Christmas on Monday will highs barely reaching 30 degrees and a chance of a snow shower. It will be windy with windchills will be in the teens. Tuesday will be sunny but with highs in the low 20’s. The wind will continue dropping the windchills into the single digits. This trend continues into Wednesday when ether will be more sun but highs in the teens. The winchill factor will again make it feel like the single digits. Incredibly the temperatures will continue to drop so that the highs on Thursday will be in the low teens under cloudy skies. The wind will make it feel like near zero degrees! Friday will be much the same with periods of clouds and sun and temperatures in the mid-teens. The wind will abate somewhat. Saturday the highs may rise to near 20 degrees but it will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the afternoon. Microspikes are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s. A further accumulation of snow in some areas will make snowshoes a good choice. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, 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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