Winter refuses to let go of its frigid grip on the mountain. Although the thermometer may not read as the lowest temps of recent days, the wind chill factor has definitely ramped up the icy intensity today. And with it, there will be little consolation even if the mercury rises above the freezing mark. The trails continue to be ice covered in numerous places, and more so as one gains elevation. The traction devices are a must if you want to navigate the mountain safely for the time being. And with these winds, a trail like Bull Head where countless trees are already down, nature’s fury could bring down some more. So best not to wander in the area most susceptible to falling trees in these conditions.
It looks like a warm up is finally coming Tuesday. Although the air temp might feel more springlike, the main reason for the sudden surge of heat this week is courtesy of strong winds pushing up from the south. This is going to be a windy week from start to finish, the high point appearing to strike late Wednesday night with gusts of 60mph being forecast. Intermittent rain showers could also be along for the ride. Guests this week could be toting heavier than average packs with having to account for slick trails, cool temps, and wet skies.
Be safe and have a great rest of the day.