Temperatures have turned colder now, especially overnight, and light snow has begun to fall regularly overnight at elevations above 3,000 feet. Today’s temperatures are not expected to rise above the lower-30s on higher summits, with windchills at higher elevations in the mid-teens.
Backcountry users should carry cold weather gear, and be prepared for below freezing temperatures.
Rains this past week have left trails wet and muddy, especially in low-laying areas. Remember to walk through wet and muddy spots, not around, to prevent the widening and eroding of trails.
Rivers and streams around the region are running at normal levels. Water temperatures continue to fall and smaller, colder waters are now in 40s; the Ausable River at Wilmington is in upper-40s. Lake Champlain has fallen to 58 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen is about 60 degrees.
Wildlife are on the move, and this is the peak period for vehicle collisions with moose and whitetail deer, so be alert at dawn and dusk.
Bear encounters continue to be a concern – with reports from the City of Plattsburgh to Piseco Lake – but especially in the High Peaks and in the Inlet-Old Forge corridor. Expect to encounter bears through November, and use bear-resistant canisters at home, camp, and in the back-country.
Spruce Lake lean-to number two on the Northville Placid Trail in the West Canada Lake Wilderness has been relocated and is now available for use. DEC trail crews are continuing work on clearing the new snowmobile connector trail from near Fawn Lake in the Moose River Plains to Route 28 near the Seventh Lake Boat Launch.
If you’re headed to the Wilmington Wild Forest, road construction continues on the bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River. The parking areas for the Wilmington Bike Trail and the Flume contain construction equipment which has limited the number of parking spaces there.
Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Explorer’s Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.