Weather for the week of March 11th

The week of March 11th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the mid 30’s in most areas. Monday will see times of sun and clouds with highs in the mid-30’s. There may be some snow Monday night into early turesday morning. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with some snow shoers possible and highs reaching into the mid 30’s. The forecast for Wednesday is much the same but with highs being a little cooler reaching the low 30’s. Some sun will return on Thursday but it will be rather cloudy with highs in the mid 30’s. On Friday there will be more sun with highs in the mid 30’s. Saturday should be sunnier and a little warmer with highs reaching into the high 30’s. After the recent snowfalls, snowshoes should be worn from the trailhead or, at least, carried especially at higher elevations. On some trail microspikes or crampons may be needed as the freezing and melting creates ice flows which require more traction than snowshoes can provide. 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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