Weather for the week of February 11th

The week of February 11th began with a rainy Sunday. The temperatures started at near freezing but rose into the low 40’s as the rain continued throughout the afternoon. On Monday the clouds will decrease but so will the temperature with highs only in the low 40’s. The wet snow will freeze leaving roadways hazardous in the morning. Clouds will increase on Tuesday but the temperature will remain about the same with highs staying right around freezing. Wednesday will be milder with mixed clouds and sun with highs reaching into the mid 40d’. Rain will again move in on Thursday and the temperatures will continue to climb reaching the low 50’s under cloudy skies. Friday the temperate will drop back into the low 30’s under partly sunny skies. Clouds will roll in for Saturday and the highs will again be in the low 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. 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!

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