POST STORM UPDATE 3/13/22:
As of noon on Sunday, the storm has ended and the winds are beginning to die down. Actual snowfall totals ranged from 4-5" at the Keene end of the Jackrabbit Trail to as much as 12" in parts of Lake Placid. This is enough to make for good skiing on the entire Jackrabbit Trail and most popular backcountry routes. Given the reports on th Wright Peak Ski Trail as of Thursday, even 12" of snow might not be sufficient to cover the rocks on the hiking trail. Above that, it will be good powder conditions. Likewise for the Marcy Trail, it may be a bit rocky for the first 1.5 miles above Marcy Dam, but good once on the separate ski trail up to and beyond Indian Falls. Groomed centers now have enough to groom, but given the temperatures in the 50s by the en d of the week and rain now predicted for Saturday, this will be a brief "reprieve" from the previous week's meltdown.
As currently predicted, snow will start on Friday evening and continue through Saturday evening. Heaviest snow will be Saturday afternoon and will be accompanied by high winds. Sunday will be cold with highs only in the low 20s. After that, temperatures rise to around 50 by Thursday.
The National Weather Service predicts 7-15" of total accumulation. Weather Underground says only 4-8" total with AccuWeather in between the two. Given that it is a coastal 'nor'easter', the exact track will influence exactly what and how much we receive. Stay tuned....
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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.