Late winter season hikers can expect variable weather this weekend in the Adirondacks, and should prepare for all conditions. Read up on what you need to know below.
Weather Conditions Will Vary
- Crown Point: Fri 52° and mostly sunny, Sat 40° and mostly sunny, Sun 38° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 42° and mostly sunny, Sat 29° and mostly sunny, Sun 28° and cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 54° and sunny, Sat 42° and mostly sunny, Sun 40° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 42° and snow showers, Sat 28° and partly cloudy, Sun 25° and snow showers
- Long Lake: Fri 43° and rain and snow, Sat 29° and mostly sunny, Sun 27° and snow showers
- Malone: Fri 43° and scattered showers, Sat 31° and partly cloudy, Sun 28° and cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 46° and mostly sunny, Sat 33° and mostly sunny, Sun 31° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 41° and rain and snow, Sat 28° and mostly sunny, Sun 27° and cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 42° and rain and snow, Sat 28° and partly cloudy, Sun 26° and snow showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 51° and mostly cloudy, Sat 39° and mostly sunny, Sun 37° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 41° and rain and snow, Sat 29° and partly cloudy, Sun 26° and snow showers
Following a period of warmer weather this week, temperatures are expected to return to below freezing lows and daytime highs in the low 30s this weekend. Summits will continue to present more severe conditions than at base elevations, with snow, ice, stronger winds, and colder temperatures.
Colden Caretaker Report
There’s approximately 3 feet of snow at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 5 feet or more of snow remains on summits. Snowshoes are needed on all trails, starting at parking lots. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen. Ski trails are skiable.
Recent weather conditions have created unstable snowpack on open slopes. Practice safe travel when crossing exposed areas. Assess the stability of snowpack before backcountry skiing or hiking on open slides and faces.
Avalanche Risk Still in Effect
Related to the unstable snowpack, avalanches are still a risk. Backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who may traverse slides or steep, open terrain in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks should be aware of and prepared for avalanche conditions.
Snow Accumulation Data
Snow accumulation data is collected every other week at a variety of Adirondack locations.
Prepare for Tough Trail Conditions
Trail conditions will be challenging. You may encounter thick ice that will require the use of crampons and deep snow with a hard crust.
Make Sure Ice is Safe
A minimum of 3 to 4 inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water.
Save This Number for Emergency Situations
If you get lost or injured, keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
Recent Notices to Know
For the Snowmobilers: Grass River Conservation Easement
Snowmobile Trail S84A is closed between Junction 64 and County Highway 27. There are maps and “Closed Trail” signs posted for clarity.
Prevent Snow Blindness
Helpful tip this week from the DEC – “bluebird days,” or clear, sunny days that can follow a period of snowfall, can be beautiful; they can also lead to snow blindness. The reflectiveness of the snow can cause an increase in the sun’s UV rays hitting the outer layer of your eye. This is essentially a sunburn for your cornea, and it can cause temporary vision loss and make travel dangerous.
Snow blindness (much like sunburn) can occur on cloudy, overcast days as well as sunny ones. Take care to always use sun protection like sunglasses or goggles, and cover exposed skin with clothing or sun screen – no matter what the skies look like.
Last Call to Take This Boating Access Survey
The boating survey regarding an overnight gate closure program at Mossy Point and Roger’s Rock boat launches is up through today, March 12. The information gathered will inform a more permanent program and support the state’s ongoing efforts to protect Lake George from invasive pests.
COVID is Still a Risk – Stay Safe
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