Oct 18, 2013 — John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.
The weather is turning cooler this weekend, and the forecast for the coming week is calling for the possibility of some snow in the high peaks. Be prepared for the possibility that nighttime temperatures could drop below freezing at the higher elevations. Be prepared with rain gear, extra layers of clothing and a winter hat and gloves and always check the weather forecast before entering the backcountry. And remember, days a shorter now, so plan accordingly and carry a flashlight or headlamp, and fresh batteries.
Although the leaves are now past peak around most of the Adirondacks, peak color is being reported in the Champlain and Lake George valleys.
Abnormally dry conditions continue through all of Essex, Warren, and Hamilton counties and Northern Herkimer County, waters are at their seasonably low levels, but rains this week have kept the fire danger low.
Taking a look at water temperatures around the region. The AuSable River in Wilmington is in the mid-50s. Lake Champlain is about 59 degrees. The water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 62 degrees, and Great Sacandaga Lake is about 60.
Motor vehicle traffic on Beach Road in Lake George is being rerouted for a road reconstruction project. The eastbound lane near Million Dollar Beach is closed, but the westbound lane is open to two-way traffic. That’s expected to be the situation through Memorial Day 2014.
Black bears remain active in the backcountry. The use of bear-resistant canisters is required in the Eastern High Peaks through the end of November and encouraged elsewhere throughout the Adirondacks.
This is also the time of year when wildlife are on the move, so be on the lookout on the roadways.
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.