Cold Weather Update 12/27/2017 - Frigid Conditions Through Sunday in the Catskills

BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill advisory for most of the Catskills through Thursday the 28th with expected wind chills of -15 to -25 below zero. This will cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

This is the start of a prolonged stretch of very cold temperatures with even more dangerous wind chill conditions likely developing Wednesday night and Thursday. High temperatures through the weekend are forecast to be in single digits above and below zero while the low temperatures are forecast to in teens and twenties below zero. Wind chills will be much colder.

Temperatures and wind chills will be even lower on high mountain summits, surface of water bodies and other exposed areas. 

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts.

Trail Conditions: Snow and ice is present on all trails and at all elevations.

Expect Winter Conditions: Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present throughout the Catskills. Snow depths range from 4 to 12 inches, more in the highest elevations. See the NERFC Snow Page for current snow information. Be prepared for winter conditions. The use of snowshoes is warranted throughout the region and are encouraged to prevent "post-holing", avoid injuries, and ease travel on snow (Post-holing (leaving deep foot prints in the snow) makes trails more difficult and more hazardous for others to use). Crampons or other traction devices should be carried and used in icy areas.

Seasonal Roads and Gates: The following seasonal roads are not maintained in the winter and become impassable when snow is on the ground:

  • Platte Clove Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter) 
  • Roaring Kill Road - Indian Head Wilderness (Greene County, Town of Hunter)
  • Russell Brook Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Mary Smith Road - Delaware Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Colchester)
  • Ploutz Road - Dry Brook Wild Forest (Delaware County, Town of Middletown)

The Gates at Alder Lake (Balsam Lake Wild Forest) and Onteora Lake (Bluestone Wild Forest) have been closed for the winter season.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911

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. The CIC carries trail maps, trail guides and other last minute items for purchase in the Gift Shop and through the Catskill Interpretive Center's online shop.

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