Weather for the week of January 14th

The week of January 14th began with a cold but clear day with some sun. The morning temperatures were cold but they rose to almost 20 degrees during the afternoon. Monday was sunny with some clouds in a blue sky. The morning low was 5 degrees with sunny skies. Some clouds developed in the afternoon but the temperatures did rise to 20 degrees before starting back down. Some light snow is forecast for overnight on Monday and this will continue into Tuesday. On Tuesday there will be from 1 to 3 inches of snow bringing the total snowfall to 3 to 6 inches. The highs on Tuesday will be in the high 20’s but a slight breeze will make it feel a few degrees cooler. Some snow may linger into Wednesday when the highs will be in the mid 20’s. Clouds will give way to sun but a persistent wind will keep the “Real Feel” temperature in the teens. Thursday will be mostly sunny with highs reaching into the high 20’s. The temperature will rise to the low 30’s on Friday under partly sunny skies. Saturday will be sunny to partly cloudy with highs reaching into the mid 40’s! Microspikes or crampons 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!

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