As predicted, we have picked up 2-4" of wet snow overnight with snow still falling as of 9 AM. There is a chance that the snow will change to rain in the valleys this afternoon, but higher up it should remain as snow. The snow falls on unfrozen ground, so there will be melting - both from above and below. Golf courses will have enough snow to ski, but skis may "clump up" given the unfrozen ground. Tomorrow we'll check out the Whiteface Highway, which should be good and remain so through the weekend as high temperatures, even in the valleys, are not expected to be much above freezing. And still no warming trend in sight into next week.
For those still contemplating a hike in the higher terrain, there is considerable ice to deal with. Traction aids definitely required with full-on winter conditions on any of the higher, exposed summits. Snowshoes still not required, but they could be useful above 3,500 feet. Tomorrow, we'll know more about the final accumulation above 3,500 feet as surely some over-achievers will ski to the top of the Whiteface Highway.
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.