Weather for the week of April 8th

The week of April 8th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with highs reaching into the mid 30’s in most areas. Clouds rolled in for the afternoon and several show flurries developed. Some of the flurries were heavy at times but the snow did not stick to the roads in most places. Monday will see some sun in the morning with clouds moving in for the afternoon. The highs will reach 40 degrees. Snow may be around in the morning on Tuesday and the rest of the day will be Cody with highs in the low 40’s. Wednesday will have periods of clouds and sun with the temperatures climbing into the mid-40’s. On Thursday a warming trend will bring temperatures in the low 50’s but there will be rain in the afternoon. Friday will be variable cloudy but the warming trend will continue with highs reaching the high 60’s. Expect the warming trend to continue into Saturday with highs again in the high 60’s and a mix of sun and clouds. Despite the warming trend which is melting much of the snow at the lower elevations, there is still some snow on the peaks. Carrying snowshoes is a bother but they may be necessary when visiting 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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