The week of March 4th begins with a cool and overcast Sunday with times of sun and highs staying in the low 30’s in most areas. Monday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid-30’s. Tuesday will start off with some sun but clouds will move in throughout the day with the highs reaching into the high 30’s. On Wednesday looks for snow to move in and continue on and off through the day with amounts between 3 and 6 inches. The highs on Wednesday will be in the high 20’s. Some sun will return on Thursday but it will be rather cloudy with highs in the mid 30’s. Snow showers are possible on Friday with highs in the mid 30’s. On Saturday there will be some sun and a few clouds with highs reaching into 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 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!