The week of February 4th began with a cool and windy day on Sunday. Snow developed Sunday evening and some 5 inches fell making then roads very dangerous. The snow continued into the early morning delaying school openings. On Monday the skies cleared some but it remained cold with temperatures in the high 20’s and a stiff breeze. On Tuesday the skies were sunny and blue but the temperature did not get above freezing. The skies began to cloud over in the afternoon foreshadowing the coming storm. The snow began to fall in the early morning hours on Wednesday and continued into Wednesday night. The snow fell hard at times and accumulated another 6 to 8 inches on top of the existing snow. Thursday will have times of sun and clouds with highs in the low20’s. Friday the temperatures will rise to the mid 20’s with a little snow possible. Saturday will be much milder with highs reaching into the low 40’s with some rain showers. The wind chill on Saturday will keep the “Real Feel” temperature right around freezing. 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!