The week of April 1st began with a partly sunny Easter Sunday with highs in the mid 40’s. Rain showers were around for much of the day. On Monday snow moved in dumping several inches and closing some schools while delaying others. The highs were in the low 40’s in the afternoon. On Tuesday the high was only 354 degrees and there were some snow flurries in some areas. By Wednesday the highs reached the upper 40’s and lower 50’s but there were a few rain showers around. By Thursday the temperance had again dipped into the mid 30’s but there was no precipitation. There were snow showers again on Friday in the late morning and afternoon canceling after school activities and making the roads slippery in spots. Three to four inches fell in most areas with highs in the high 30’s. Saturday was cool with highs in the mid 30’s under mostly clear and sunny skies. 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!