We've had over 24 hours of intermittent rain with temperatures in the 40s. A cooling trend will start tomorrow with temperatures over the weekend and into next week topping out in the mid-30s and nighttime temperatures in the mid-20s. Unfortunately, no significant snow in the forecast, although a look up on the peaks indicates some snow above 3,600 feet, so maybe the Whiteface Highway will offer some chances to do a bit of sliding this weekend, but only likely after more than a mile of walking.
Given all the rain and the subsequent drop in temperatures, mountain trails will be quite icy - probably right from the trailhead. Good traction, (Microspikes or better) will definitely be required for any hikes up a mountain this weekend. And the exposed summits will have some snow, ice, and general winter conditions. Be prepared.
As of Saturday, 12/3, the temperatures are in the low 40s with rain. Tomorrow will be clear and cold, but the rest of the week will see high temperatures above freezing. So, little chance that any snow falling in any snow showers won't stick around. As of Thursday, there was still a thin layer of icy crust at the toll house on the Whiteface Highway, but that has likely receded quit a bit. The trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg with man-made snow remain the only skiing available.
So, get out the spikes and take a hike, but be prepared for full winter conditions on any of the 4,000-foot peaks. On the positive side, at least there won't be any snow to make it more difficult to clear any blowdown that came down with the very high winds on this past Wednesday and Thursday.
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.