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John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.

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Winter conditions exist throughout the Adirondacks. Much colder air is expected to arrive this weekend bringing temperatures into the single digits above zero during the day and below zero at night. Wind chill on summits is expected to be as low as 20 below zero.

Snow cover varies around the region with the most snow along the southern and eastern Adirondacks and the south central Adirondacks into the High Peaks.

There are up to 6 inches of snow at the lower elevations in the High Peaks, and as much as 12 inches at higher elevations so pack and use snowshoes and crampons when necessary. Remember to dress in layers and carry plenty of food and water to avoid hypothermia.

The region's rivers and streams are running at normal levels for this time of year. Ice has formed on all water bodies and the ice fishing has begun.  8 to 10 inches of ice is being reported on Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, and many of the lakes at lower elevations have between 4 and 8 inches. There is thin ice at the north end of Schroon Lake; on South Bay on Lake Champlain; and at Huddle Bay on Lake George, but use extreme caution on larger lakes and especially near all inlets and outlets. Ice on or near running water should be avoided and be sure to check the depth of ice before and frequently during crossing.

Thursday's snowfall and recent below-freezing temperatures mean that this weekend should see some busy slopes. Whiteface and Gore Mountain are open with top to bottom skiing (Gore with about half of their trails; Whiteface is reporting 75% of their trails open). With the exception of Big Tupper and Hickory in Warrensburg, all the regions downhill mountains are open with at least some limited skiing.  All skiers should use caution as many trails still have thin cover and hidden obstacles.

The region's cross-country ski areas will all be open this weekend, albeit on a limited number of trails and thin cover, your best bets there would be Lapland Lake or Garnet Hill and locations in the Southeastern Adirondacks.

Most of the region's snowmobile trails remain closed, your best bet there is from Indian Lake toward Inlet, where groomers are operating, up towards Lake Clear. Snowmobilers should show restraint in areas with insufficient snow cover to avoid damaging the trails. Check with local clubs before venturing out.

With the recent snow winter sports enthusiasts are anxious to get outside, but remember to use caution and be on the look out for those thin snow cover areas, hidden obstacles, and thin ice.

Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack, online at


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