Weather for the week of April 15th

The week of April 15th began with a cool and cloudy Sunday with highs reaching into the high 30’s in most areas. There was a heavy mist or drizzle in the air most of the day. The forecast for Monday calls for rain which may be heavy at times and will continue throughout the day. The highs on Monday may reach the low 50’s in many places. Monday night the temperature will drop and snow showers will move in. The highs on Tuesday will be in the low 40’s with snow showers and flurries possible throughout the day. On Wednesday the temperatures will rise into the mid 40’s under cloudy skies. Rain moves back into the picture on Thursday with showers throughout the day and highs in the mid to high 40’s. On Friday the temperatures drop into the low 40’s with clouds and a few showers during the day. Saturday should be slightly warmer with highs in the high 40’s under cloudy skies with some sun. Despite some warmer temperatures which are melting much of the snow at the lower elevations, there is still some snow reported 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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