If you’re headed into to the woods or onto the waters, now is the time to be sure you’ve got some extra clothing and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in cold temperatures.
Summit temperatures are not expected to rise out of the 30s this weekend.
The fire danger is elevated to Moderate and dry conditions this weekend will raise the potential for wildfires further. Use extra caution with open fires, and never leave an even smoldering fire unattended. The U.S. Drought Monitor is reporting the entire Northern New York region Abnormally Dry with areas, including southern Essex County, in Moderate Drought.
Rivers and streams are well below normal even for this typically low water time of year. The Hudson River is just above two feet on the gage at North Creek, that’s almost eight feet off of flood stage. Lake Champlain is just under 94 feet, just north of Whitehall, and the water temperatures will be near 60 this weekend. That’s well cold enough for hypothermia – wear a PFD, especially in small boats. Mirror Lake is in the lower 60s; Lake George remains closer to the mid-60s.
Popular parking areas and trailheads remain busy on weekends. The sign for the Newcomb entrance to the High Peaks, including Upper Works Trailhead and Tahawus, has been stolen. Keep a close eye for the start of Tahawus Road, off Blue Ridge Road.
And finally this week, we’re starting to see some color as the trees begin to change in the higher elevations, the next couple weeks will be a better time to take in the view.