Expect the coldest weather of the season this weekend with daytime temperatures below freezing on Saturday and Sunday. Scattered snow is expected through the weekend, though no significant accumulation is forecast. High Peaks summits will be windy with wind-chills in the single digits above zero.
Snow and ice are present in the higher elevations. There is 1-2 inches of snow at Marcy Dam with up to 6 inches above 3,000 feet. Snowshoes are not required, but traction devices will be necessary at higher elevations.
In general, trails are hardening up and are a mixture of ice, snow and frozen mud in the lower elevations. Even if you’re not headed to summits, it would be a good idea to carry traction devices and use them when necessary.
Waters are running seasonably low, with ice beginning to form on smaller lakes around the Adirondacks, especially on smaller, higher elevation lakes and ponds, and backwaters.
The warmest water in the region is Lake Champlain, which remains around 45 degrees. Lake George is in the lower 40s and Great Sacandaga Lake water temperature is about 36 degrees. Remember that state law requires life jackets be worn by anyone on a boat less than 21 feet in length.
Whiteface and Gore opened last weekend and will be open again this weekend. Whiteface will be open Friday through Sunday with limited services and no beginner terrain until Saturday when they expect to open Mixing Bowl. Gore Mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday. The Gondola will be running in addition to lift 3, with 9 trails. Snowmakers there are hoping to have 2 miles of skiing from the Gondola on down. Both mountains will have a packed machine groomed base. Daily operations at both mountains are expected to begin next Friday, November 29, weather permitting. All resorts in the region with snowmaking are currently making snow.
The Whiteface Memorial Highway was plowed and sanded this week so there is no longer skiing there and no backcountry or cross-country skiing yet elsewhere,
The new bridge on the East River Trail over the Hudson River is complete and the trail has reopened. The East River Trail is the trail off the east side of the Tahawus Road, south of Upper Works, used to access Mount Adams, Flowed Lands and Hanging Spear Falls.
The Elk Lake Conservation Easement Lands, including the Elk Lake-Marcy Trail into the High Peaks Wilderness and the Dix-Hunter Pass Trail into the Dix Mountain Wilderness, is closed to the public access through the big game hunting season.
Finally this week, a reminder that it’s the time of year when wildlife are on the move – it’s the peak period for collisions with deer on the roads – so drive with caution, especially at dawn and dusk.
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 www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.