The week of January 21st began with a cold morning but temperatures quickly rose to 40 degrees under very sunny skies. Clouds rolled in during the evening and rain or a winery mix is expected overnight ending around dawn. On Monday there will be some drizzle and showers possible throughout the day with temperatures rising to the mid-40’s under cloudy skies. The rain will continue into Tuesday with downpours at times threatening local flooding. Temperatures will push toward the high 40’s causing more snow to melt. Wednesday will see the highs drop back below freezing under sunny skies. The windchill will make it feel more like the teens. Thursday will be much like Wednesday with sunny skies but lower temperatures and, therefore, lower windchills. On Friday the temperatures will rise into low 30’s hovering around freezing with sunny skies. Saturday will begin with morning sun but the skies with cloud over in the afternoon. The highs on Saturday will be in the high 30’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!