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John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

After a few warm days this week, temperatures are forecast to turn colder.  Already, trees have just begun to change in the High Peaks region and other areas above about 2,000 feet.  Expect nighttime lows in the 30s this weekend and temperatures that could fall below freezing at higher elevations. 

Remember that rain and temperatures in the 40s can pose a risk of hypothermia, so pack extra layers of clothing and a winter hat and be sure to check the weather forecast.  With shorter days it’s easy to get caught on the trail in the dark, so be sure to carry a flashlight or headlamp, and fresh batteries.

Rivers and streams are running at just above normal levels for this time of year due to recent rains, but should return to normal levels.  Lake Champlain remains about a foot above normal.  The continued rains this week have kept trails wet and muddy.

Despite some warm weather this week, water temperatures have fallen into the 60s around the region. With the exception of Sunnyside Lake in Warren County, colder waters have put an end to blue-green algae blooms.

The AuSable River in Wilmington is in the lower-60s. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington has fallen to about 68 degrees, the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 69 degrees, and Great Sacandaga Lake is in the upper 60s.

It’s still warm enough for swimming and DEC this week is reminding users of the Calves Pen area on Lake George, that the popular swimming area should only be accessed by the water. The route by land is difficult to follow and crosses private property.

Elsewhere, the bridge over Quebec Brook on Blue Mountain Road in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County, remains closed. The Quebec Brook Access Site can still be reached from the south and  Azure Mountain can be reached from the north.

And finally this week, it’s the time of year we’re most likely to see EHD, a viral disease in white-tail deer. EHD had been typically found in the southeastern United States, but in recent years has spread in to New York.  The disease doesn’t infect humans, and rarely affects domestic animals, but if you encounter a deer that doesn’t look right, that appears lame or dehydrated, these sightings should be reported to your nearest DEC wildlife office.

It’s going to be a nice early fall weekend out there – a great chance to enjoy the woods and waters before the snow flies.

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.

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