Weather for the week of February 18th

The week of February 18th began with several inches of snow on the ground for Sunday morning. The temperatures in the morning was in the high 20’s but quickly rose to nearly 40 degrees in most areas under partly sunny skies. On Monday there will be occasional afternoon rains showers under cloudy skies with highs near 40 degrees. Tuesday will be partly sunny with highs nearing 60 degrees. Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week and could set records as the high temperatures may reach the mid 60’s under partly cloudy skies. There may be some showers Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday the temperatures will drop back into the mid 40’s under partly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon showers. There may be a bit of ice on Friday morning but the high temperatures should be above 40. Saturday the high will be in the low 50’s with a chance of drizzle. Microspikes or crampons are now a “mandatory” item on many trails and, certainly, on the 35’s as freezing and melting creates ice flows. Snowshoes should be considered especially at higher elevations but may be unnecessary as the snow melts in the warm temperatures. 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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