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Here is your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend from the Adirondack Almanack.
The situation has taken a turn toward winter. Snow last weekend left about 6 inches in the higher elevations above about 3,500 feet, and the first tracks were made by die-hard skiers on the Whiteface Memorial Highway.
This week saw widespread snow and ice on higher summits, and that, combined with the current wet and warmer weather will leave a mixed bag of trail conditions ranging from snow and ice to wet and muddy trails depending on exposure and elevation. Some snow and ice will be present above about 3,500 feet, so carry traction devices as a precaution. Expect high winds for most of the Adirondack Park today, with gusts as high as 75 mph forecast for higher summits.
Temperatures are forecast to turn colder by Saturday night, and not rise much out of the 20s on Sunday – so if you are headed out this weekend, be prepared to encounter cold temperatures, wind, snow and rain. Pack and wear a waterproof outer shell, extra layers of clothing and winter hat and gloves.
Water temperatures around the region continue to fall. The water temperature of the AuSable River in Wilmington is in the 40s. The Lake Champlain water temperature has fallen to about 52 degrees; Warner Bay on Lake George is about 51 degrees, and Great Sacandaga Lake is in the upper 40s.
Cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia and contribute to drowning, so beginning today state law requires anyone in a boat less than 21 feet in length to wear a life preserver.
If you are headed to Azure Mountain, the Quebec Brook Bridge on the Blue Mountain Road in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County, has been reopened. Public access remains unavailable however, to the Santa Clara Tract Easement Lands and Madawaska Flow / Quebec Brook Primitive Area from Route 458.
It’s going to be a wild weekend weather-wise - be sure to plan for wintry conditions and track the forecast carefully if you’re headed out to woods or onto the waters.
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