It’s cold out there, and it’s even more freezing at summits and higher elevations in the Adirondacks. Just how cold is it going to get? The wind chill is what will get you – check out the latest forecast and notices below.
The Current Weather Forecast
You might notice temperatures have overall dropped some since last week:
- Crown Point: Fri 25° and partly cloudy, Sat 24° and partly cloudy, Sun 28° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 17° and mostly cloudy, Sat 15° and mostly cloudy, Sun 22° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 31° and mostly sunny, Sat 29° and partly cloudy, Sun 34° and mostly sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 14° and snow showers, Sat 12° and mostly cloudy, Sun 20° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 16° and snow showers, Sat 15° and mostly cloudy, Sun 22° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 16° and snow showers, Sat 17° and cloudy, Sun 20° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 20° and sunny, Sat 18° and partly cloudy, Sun 25° and mostly sunny
- Old Forge: Fri 18° and snow showers, Sat 15° and cloudy, Sun 21° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 16° and snow showers, Sat 14° and cloudy, Sun 21° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 24° and mostly cloudy, Sat 23° and partly cloudy, Sun 27° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 16° and snow showers, Sat 14° and cloudy, Sun 20° and partly cloudy
You’d Better Prepare for This Wind Chill
Hikers should expect cold temperatures this weekend with highs forecast to be in the high teens to low 20s at the base of mountains. Temperatures will get increasingly colder as elevation increases. Summits and areas above the tree line will be windy, with wind chill temperatures expected to reach -20 to -30 degrees F in some areas. Do take wind chill into consideration when preparing for temperatures.
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.
Colden Caretaker Report
There’s approximately 2 feet and 9 inches 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. The trail from Marcy Dam to Lake Colden is skiable.
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.
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.
Leave No Trace, Winter-Style: Waste in the Woods
We’ve discussed the always-fun topic of properly disposing of waste in the wilderness before. But how do you responsibly go outdoors in the winter, when the ground is covered with snow and ice? When you’re unable to dig a cat hole you’ll need to be prepared to pack your waste out with you just in case.
So, make an effort to go at home beforehand, use designated toilets at trailheads or that might be along the trail, but also know that these aren’t always available. Build this into your preparedness plan as you map out where you’re going, what you’re wearing, and what you’re bringing.
Boaters – Come to Take This Boating Access Survey
The previously mentioned boating survey regarding an overnight gate closure program at Mossy Point and Roger’s Rock boat launches is still up. You can take it and/or email them with your feedback up until 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.
A Few More Notes to Know
A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water.
Most seasonal access roads have closed for the winter season.
Please continue to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local.