SUNDAY, 12/17, WEATHER UPDATE
The National Weather Service has now issued a flood watch from Sunday evening to Monday evening. High winds, temperatures around 50, and an inch or so of rain will melt much of the snow we have and add that to the streams. So, hope you were able to ski, because there doesn't appear to any significant new snow at the tail end of this pattern. If nothing else, we'll do a brief "windshield" survey on Tuesday to see if anything survived at any trailheads. Above 2,500 (or for sure above 3,000 feet) there will be snow remaining after this pattern, but it appears it will be a while before there is skiable snow on which to get there.
There has been good snow in may locations for the past few days. See previous reports for where they were. We have now had one day with temperatures in the 40s and more of the same for the next three days, with rain possible/likely on Monday. Cooling off after Monday, but so far no compensating snow.
Many branches down on ski trails, including the Jackrabbit, but relatively few downed trees. If you ski or, perhaps later, walk any of the trails, you are very much entitled to heaving aside any branches you encounter. Sections already checked include:)
a )Jackrabbit Trail from Rock and River in Keene to the beaver pond near the Lake Placid end of the section.
b )McKenzie Pass to the lean-to from Whiteface Inn Lane. Cleared up to the lean-to.
Otherwise, take your chances, and don't forget the toss away some brush.
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.