There is snow and ice above 2,000 feet and 3-4 inches above 4,000 feet where wind chill temperatures will be in the single digits above zero this weekend. If you’re headed to the top this weekend, expect to encounter windy and cold weather, carry traction devices and use them when necessary.
Remember that conditions can change suddenly with weather and accidents happen so be prepared and carry a flashlight, first aid kit, food, water and extra clothing. Also, due to recent storms and high winds, expect to encounter blowdown on and over trails, especially at higher elevations.
There is snow on the Whiteface Memorial Highway and some early adventurers have been skiing the higher elevations of the road, but snow is still too thin at the toll booth. Gore Mountain and Whiteface began making snow on Monday night and those mountains are on track to open by the end of this month.
Water levels in streams and brooks are running at normal levels for this time of year. Some smaller colder waters have a skim of ice. The Ausable River water temperature has fallen to the lower 40s. Lake Champlain and Lake George water temperature are now in the upper-40s.
Remember that state law now requires life jackets be worn by anyone on a boat less than 21 feet in length until May 1st. Falling into cold water can cause hyperventilation and hypothermia, which can lead to drowning – so now is the time to wear a PFD, especially in small boats.
Wildlife remain on the move, and the peak period for vehicle collisions with moose and whitetail deer continues, so be alert at dawn and dusk. Bear encounters continue to be a concern through November, so use bear-resistant canisters at home, camp, and in the back-country.
And hunting seasons have begun so hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and now would be a good time to keep pets leashed and on the trail.
Finally this week, a combined crew of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Lean2rescue volunteers have temporarily fixed the Mud Lake lean-to to make it usable until spring when a new roof is expected. The lean-to has been temporarily roofed with a tarp.
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.