The week of January 28th begins with some lingering showers in the morning but then the clouds will give way to sun. The high for the day will be 44 degrees. Mindy will be much the same with periods of clouds and sun and a high of 37 degrees. Heading into Tuesday the temperatures will continue to drop with a high of 26 degrees under cloudy skies There is a possibility of snow showers on Tuesday. Wednesday should be mostly sunny but the high will only vie in the high 20’s. Thursday will be cloudy but milder with highs reaching 40 degrees. The temperatures on Friday will drop back into the high 20’s and may reach 30 with snow or snow showers possible. Saturday will be sunny all day but the highs will be in the low 20’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. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations. 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!