Expect winter conditions on higher elevation trails across the Catskills. Traction devices are needed on most trails and snowshoes may be needed at highest elevations as snow depths continue to increase.
Forecast: The weekend is looking to be a mixed bag weather-wise, with a light wintry-mix across the mountains on Friday, rain on Saturday and a return to winter weather on Sunday.
Friday will have a mix of light snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain across the region with a high just below freezing. Temperatures will rise above freezing late Friday night into Saturday. Expect widespread rain across the region with highs in the upper 30s. Temperatures will drop Saturday night and rain showers will change to snow flurries. The low Saturday night will be 20s. Sunday will start off partly cloudy, with snow developing by Sunday night. Sunday's high should be in the low 30s and the low should in the lower 20s. Snow is expected Sunday night into Monday, offering a White Christmas for the Catskills!
Stay alert to changing weather conditions and be prepared for winter conditions in the Catskills this weekend!
Trail Status: All marked and officially designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park are currently open to the public. All trailheads and their access roads remain open. The Platte Clove Mountain Road has officially closed for the season. The Onteora Lake Gate has been closed for the season, eliminating access to the lower parking area.
Trail Conditions: This week's more mild temperatures and rain have melted much of the snow that existed at the lower elevations of the Catskills. However as you increase your elevation, snow depths do increase from an inch or two at lower elevations to almost a foot of snow at the highest elevations. In addition, at the highest elevations, ice has started to build up. Traction devices should always be carried, due to icy conditions at higher elevations. Snow depths have started to deepen throughout the mountains and snowshoes may prove helpful in some places. It's likely that traction devices are needed on most trails given the packed snow conditions. Given the forecast for snow, rain and then more snow, expect deeper snow conditions by Monday.
The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park - please be sure to take all of your trash home and be sure to Leave No Trace during your visit to the Park.
For More Information: Visit the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. The CIC is the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates and trail maps and trail guides are available in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.