The week of January 7th began with a cold but clear day with some sun. The morning temperature was -5 degrees but that rose to almost 20 degrees during the afternoon. A warming trend(?) Will send the high temperatures sky-rocketing to the mid 20’s on Monday but the breeze will keep the “real Feel” temperature in the high teens. There will be some sun in the corning followed by clouds and a cane of light snow in the afternoon. Tuesday will start out cloudy but will give way to sun in the afternoon. The high will just barely reach 30 degrees which will seem WARM after so many days of COLD temperatures. The warming trend continues on Wednesday with times of sun and clouds and highs breaking above freezing for the first time in almost two weeks. On Thursday it will be milder with highs in the mid 40’s and a chance of rain showers in the afernoon. Friday will be even warmer with highs approaching 50 degrees but with drizzle and showers around most of the day. The clouds will continue through Saturday and the highs will drop into the low 40’s. Some snow is possible on Saturday. Microspikes are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting create ice flows. 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!