FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE: So far, Friday temperatures have climbed to the low 40s, and all precipitation has fallen as rain. Initial views of the summits indicate snow above above about 3,500 ft. We'll see what estimate we can come up with tomorrow, but it will now appears it will remain above freezing for much of Saturday before cooling down with perhaps an inch or so of snow on Saturday night. As usual, it seems, it's a back-and-forth start to the season, but at least cold weather returns by the middle of the week.
I know, we promised a more definitive report as of Thursday evening; but right now there isn't a forecast that is very "definitive" - except to say that it will precipitate Friday through Sunday. So far little new snow predicted for the Lake Placid area with a greater chance of rain. However, temperatures will only be mid to upper 30s so not much loss of what we have, and it could easily be all snow above 2,500 feet.
Right now, there is golf course skiing in Lake Placid. Also skiable as reported earlier are: Marcy Dam Truck Trail to Marcy Dam, Newcomb Lake Road to Camp Santanoni, Gulf Brook Rd. to Boreas Ponds, and of course the Whiteface Highway.
The best take-a-way is that the weather won't be very nice for being outside, but we won't lose much, if any, of what we already have. Next week will again turn colder, so no loss of snow there.
Trail Conditions 101
Trail condition reports are posted frequently during the ski season. The Adirondack backcountry can be a hard place to predict with weather and trail conditions that often change rapidly. We can't offer the same detailed descriptions of trail conditions as groomed nordic centers.