A blizzard is approaching as winter recreation and adventure is about to get that much better in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Current trail conditions around
the Highland Center have limited firm and frozen snow and ice near 1800’ elevation
with snow depths deepening as you climb up towards the 4000’ peaks. Traction
devices are recommended on all trails. For higher peaks snowshoes and hiking
poles are also recommended.
On the east side of Mt. Washington
at Pinkham Notch current snow depths are greater with deeper snows found as you
climb upward into the ravines and onto the tallest peaks in the White
Mountains. Traction devices are strongly recommended everywhere with snowshoes
and hiking poles also needed as you gain elevation climbing.
As of 8 a.m. it is already snowing
and the wind is blowing. The weather forecast is for anywhere from 14-24” of
fresh snow to fall in the next 36 hours. Strong winds from the northeast will
cause blowing and drifting snow and will limit visibility. Cold temperatures,
deep snows and consistent winds all add up to a strong caution urged to anyone
who is considering heading into the mountains.
By late Saturday afternoon and
Sunday we should have calm and clear weather with fantastic snow conditions for
skiing and snowshoeing. With the potential for 24” of fresh and light snow if you
are going into the ravines on Mt Washington be sure to check on avalancheconditions before you begin your climb.
Also please be reminded that NHDOT prohibits visitor parking along state roads during snow removal operations.
There still is space available in
AMC Lodges this weekend. For further information and reservations, be sure to contact the
AMC Reservations Department. They can be reached at 603-466-2727.
Vincent C. Spiotti
Director of Lodging Operations
Appalachian Mountain Club
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