WEEKEND SNOW FORECAST: Weather forecasts vary but some weather services forecast accumulations of snow ranging from three inches to a foot this weekend throughout most of the Adirondacks.
- The deepest snows are forecast for the Northwestern Adirondacks and the High Peaks region.
- Moderate to deeper snow depths are forecast for the Western, Central (West & East), Northern and Northeastern Adirondacks.
- Little to no snow is forecast for the Eastern and Southern Adirondacks.
- Snow depths will be deeper in higher elevations.
- Hikers should plan and prepare accordingly.
Rain, Snow, and Wind: Significant amounts of rain are forecast through the weekend with rain mixing with snow before changing to all snow as described above. Winds will get stronger through the weekend. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast (leaves DEC website) and the National Weather Service NERFC Snow Page (leaves DEC website) for the latest snow information.
High Elevation Summits: Temperatures will be colder, winds will be stronger, and snow will be present and deeper than depths at trailheads on summits. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits. Check the Mountain Point Forecasts (leaves DEC website) for selected summitsNational Weather Service Mountain Point Forecasts.
Trail Conditions: Trails will be wet and muddy through midday Saturday and then become a mix of water, mud, ice, and snow before becoming snow covered as described above.
- Wet leaves, snow and ice will make for slippery trails – wear proper footwear and traction devices.
- Snowshoes will be warranted late Saturday and on Sunday in the areas forecast to have moderate to deep snow cover, and in higher elevations.
- Remain on trails. Walk through mud & water and on snow & ice to prevent further eroding trails and damaging trailside vegetation.
Avoid Hypothermia: The forecasted wet and cold weather provides ideal conditions for hypothermia.
- Wear waterproof outer layers.
- Wear layers of fleece, wool, and other non-cotton clothing.
- Pack extra clothing including a fleece, wool or other non-cotton jacket or sweater.
- Add or remove layers to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
- Wear cold weather hat and gloves (or mittens).
- Eat, drink and rest often.
Shorter Days: Autumn has arrived the sun sets earlier each day.
- Sunset is around 6:00 pm, earlier in deep valleys and on northern and eastern facing slopes.
- It will become darker sooner when skies are cloud covered.
- Plan to return to the trailhead by sunset but
- always carry a flashlight or headlamp just in case.
Blowdown: Blowdown (fallen or hanging trees, limbs, and branches) may be present on trails as winds strengthen, especially on trails in the higher elevations.
More info at Adirondack Snow Conditions and Resources